Descant - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdeskænt|  American pronunciation of the word descant
Brit.  |ˈdeskænt|  British pronunciation of the word descant


- a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody


- sing in descant
- sing by changing register; sing by yodeling (syn: warble, yodel)
- talk at great length about something of one's interest

Extra examples English professor who loves to descant on his beloved Shakespeare...

...the soprano descanted above the melody line...

Would the speaker care to descant (up)on the subject raised by the questioner?

He used to descant critically on the dishes which had been at table.

Word forms

singular: descant
plural: descants
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