among the main divisions of a lengthy poem a book
- the greatest part (usually the melody) in an item of choral music
- a significant unit of an extended poem
- among the primary divisions of a lengthy poem; a novel.
- The highest singing part; air or melody in choral songs; anciently the tenor, today the soprano.
1580s, from Italian canto "tune," from Latin cantus "track" (see chant (v.)). As "a section of a lengthy poem," found in Italian by Dante, in English first by Spenser.
A little to the west is the Auld Brig o' Balgownie, a picturesque single arch spanning the deep black stream, said to have been built by King Robert I., and celebrated by Byron in the tenth canto of Don Juan.