see also: Canton
1530s, from Middle French canton, from Old French canton; heraldic sense from the 1570s, geographic sense from c. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkæntn̩/
  • IPA: /ˈkæntɒn/ (especially in the flag sense)

canton (plural cantons)

  1. A division of a political unit.
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    1. One of the states comprising the Swiss Confederation.
    2. A subdivision of an arrondissement of France.
    3. A division of Luxembourg, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.
  2. A small community or clan.
  3. A subdivision of a flag, the rectangular inset on the upper hoist (i.e., flagpole) side (e.g., the stars of the US national flag are in a canton).
  4. (heraldiccharge) A division of a shield occupying one third of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.
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canton (cantons, present participle cantoning; past and past participle cantoned)

  1. (transitive) To delineate as a separate district.
  2. (transitive) To divide into cantons.
  3. (transitive) To allot quarters to troops.

canton (plural cantons)

  1. (obsolete) A song or canto.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene v]:
      He came to whisper Wolsey.

  • (places in China) IPA: /ˌkænˈtɒn/
  • (most places elsewhere) IPA: /ˈkæntən/
Proper noun
  1. Several places in China:
    1. (dated) Guangzhou, the caplc in Guangdong, China.
    • In China, a combination of television, radio, posters, inexpensive print is used with great effectiveness as reenforcement for programs to teach Mandarin Chinese. I have observed this admirable program in Canton.
    1. (dated) Guangdong, a province in China.
    2. (dated) the Pear River, a river in southern China.
  2. A hamlet in Ontario, Canada.
  3. Several places in the United States:
    1. A former settlement in El Dorado County, California.
    2. A town in Hartford County, Connecticut.
    3. A city/county seat in Cherokee County, Georgia.
    4. A city in Fulton County, Illinois.
    5. An unincorporated community in Washington Township, Washington County.
    6. An unincorporated community in Jackson County,Jones County, Iowa.
    7. A small city in McPherson County, Kansas.
    8. A small town in Oxford County, Maine.
    9. A neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
    10. A town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
    11. A township in Wayne County, Michigan.
    12. A tiny city in Fillmore County, Minnesota.
    13. A city/county seat in Madison County, Mississippi.
    14. A small city in Lewis County, Missouri.
    15. A submerged ghost town in Broadwater County, Montana.
    16. An unincorporated community in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County.
    17. A town/and/village in St. Lawrence County, New York.
    18. A town in Haywood County, North Carolina.
    19. A city/county seat in Stark County, Ohio.
    20. A small town in Blaine County, Oklahoma.
    21. A borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
    22. A city/county seat in Lincoln County, South Dakota.
    23. A city/county seat in Van Zandt County, Texas.
    24. An unincorporated community in Doddridge County, West Virginia.
    25. A small town in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.
    26. An unincorporated community in Barron County, Wisconsin.
  4. An inner city district/and/community in Cardiff, Wales (OS grid ref ST1676).
  5. Surname of French or Galician origin.
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