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definition of the word cant

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From Latin cantare (sing', probably via Old Northern French canter 'sing, tell', cognate with chant)

Singular
cant

Plural
cants

cant (plural cants)

  1. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) argot, the jargon of a particular class or subgroup.
    He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
  2. A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
  3. Shelta.
  4. Empty, hypocritical talk.
    People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant.
  5. A musical singing sound.
  6. (heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer.


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