< /kænˈzoʊ neɪ; Italian kɑnˈtsɔ nɛ/.
noun plural -ni (-nɪ)
- a Provençal or Italian lyric, often in praise of love or beauty
- a song, usually of a lyrical nature
- (in 16th-century choral music) a polyphonic song from which the madrigal developed
- a type of 16th- or 17th-century contrapuntal music, usually for keyboard, lute, or instrumental ensemble
1580s, from Italian canzone, from Latin cantionem (nominative cantio) “singing, song” (also source of Spanish cancion, French chanson), noun of action from past participle stem of canere “to sing” (see chant (v.)). In Italian or Provençal, a song resembling the madrigal but less strict in style.