Etymology
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cantata (n.)

1724, "musical recitation of a story," from Italian cantata, literally "that which is sung," past participle of cantare "to sing," from Latin cantare "to sing" (from PIE root *kan- "to sing").

updated on September 27, 2017

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Definitions of cantata from WordNet

cantata (n.)
a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text;
Synonyms: oratorio
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