Definition of cantata noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kænˈtɑːtə//
; NAmE NAmE//kænˈtɑːtə//
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a short musical work, often on a religious subject, sung by solo singers, often with a choir and orchestra compare motet, oratorio Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Italian cantata (aria) ‘sung (air)’, from cantare ‘sing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cantata