Meaning of “canton” in the English Dictionary

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"canton" in British English

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cantonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæn.tɒn/ us /ˈkæn.tɑːn/

Examples from literature

  • He is not without weight in the councils of the canton. 
  • It was a place of three thousand inhabitants—ambitiously denominated souls in the statistical tables—and was exceedingly proud of its title of chief city of the canton. 
  • Some of the people of Switzerland were persuaded to belong to Austria, but all the people of the free cantons replied that they wished to remain free. 
  • They include the whole population of the Italian cantons, and part of the French and German. 
  • This city, and the little canton of which it is the capital, were then in a state of civil war. 

(Definition of “canton” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)