meaning of canton

canton meaning in General Dictionary

a tiny section a division a compartment

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  • To divide into little parts or areas to mark off or split as a definite part or unit
  • divide into cantons, of a country
  • supply housing for (army personnel)
  • a city from the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the administrative centre of Guangdong province and a significant deep-water slot
  • a little administrative unit of a nation
  • A song or canto
  • a tiny section; a division; a compartment.
  • a tiny neighborhood or clan.
  • a tiny territorial district; esp. among twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement.
  • A division of a shield occupying one-third area of the main, generally regarding the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular range from the top of the guard, fulfilling a horizontal line from the part.
  • To divide into tiny components or districts; to mark down or individual, as a distinct part or unit.
  • To allot separate quarters to, on different components or divisions of a military or human body of troops.

canton meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, "spot, perspective," from center French canton "piece, portion of a country" (13c.), from Italian (Lombard dialect) cantone "region," particularly in the mountains, augmentative of Latin canto "area of a country," actually "spot" (see cant (n.2)). Initially in English a phrase in heraldry and banner information; placed on the sovereign says regarding the Swiss republic from 1610s. Associated: Cantoned.

Sentence Examples with the word canton

BADEN, a town in the Swiss canton of Aargau, on the left bank of the river Limmat, 14 m.

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