Definition of cantabile in English:


adjective & adverb

  • In a smooth singing style.


  • A cantabile passage or movement.

    • ‘The plan of cantabiles, cabalettas, multi-movement duets, and finales that served Bellini, Donizetti, and the young Verdi had been defined by him.’
    • ‘Never do you get the sense that the Angeles is trying to impress you with virtuosic plunges or move you to tears with saccharine cantabiles, although both happened to me in their rendition of the Sturm und Drang Opus 20 quartets.’
    • ‘His crisp, precise passage work and lovely cantabile, his wide variety of tonal colouring and superb dynamic control, together with his flawless sense of rhythm ensured his position as linchpin of both these excellent ensembles.’
    • ‘This staging certainly retains the futile but widely accepted cuts (for example in the cantabile of Violetta's big Scena ed Aria at the end of the first act).’


Italian, literally singable.