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

 

descant

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BrE BrE//ˈdeskænt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeskænt//
 
(music)
 
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a tune that is sung or played at the same time as, and usually higher than, the main tune Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French deschant, from medieval Latin discantus ‘part-song, refrain’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: descant

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