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



BrE BrE//ˈkæntɒn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæntən//
, NAmE//ˈkæntɑːn//
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one of the official regions which some countries, such as Switzerland, are divided into Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Old French, literally ‘corner’, from Provençal, based on a Romance word related to medieval Latin cantus ‘corner, side’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canton