• Descant

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈdɛskænt/
    • Rhymes: -ænt

    Origin

    From Anglo-Norman descaunt, from Medieval Latin discantus.

    Full definition of descant

    Noun

    descant

    (plural descants)
    1. A lengthy discourse on a subject
      • De QuinceyUpon that simplest of themes how magnificent a descant!
    2. (music) a counterpoint melody sung or played above the theme

    Verb

    1. (intransitive) To discuss at length.
      • 1913, w, Lord Stranleigh Abroad Chapter 4, “… This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. I am sure, Lord Stranleigh, that he has been descanting on the distraction of the woods and the camp, or perhaps the metropolitan dissipation of Philadelphia, …”
    2. (intransitive) To sing or play a descant.

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