1580s, a style of lyric poetry, from Italian canzone, from Latin cantionem (nominative cantio) "singing, song" (also source of Spanish cancion, French chanson), noun of action from past-participle stem of canere "to sing" (from PIE root *kan- "to sing"). In Italian or Provençal, a song resembling the madrigal but less strict in style. In English as "a musical setting of such lyric poetry" (also canzona) by 1880.
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