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Definition & Synonyms

• Canton

  1. (v. i.) To allot separate quarters to, as to different parts or divisions of an army or body of troops.
  2. (v. i.) To divide into small parts or districts; to mark off or separate, as a distinct portion or division.
  3. (n.) A division of a shield occupying one third part of the chief, usually on the dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top of the shield, meeting a horizontal line from the side.
  4. (n.) A small portion; a division; a compartment.
  5. (n.) A small community or clan.
  6. (n.) A small territorial district; esp. one of the twenty-two independent states which form the Swiss federal republic; in France, a subdivision of an arrondissement. See Arrondissement.
  7. (n.) A song or canto

Billet, Quarter,

• Canton crape

  1. () A soft, white or colored silk fabric, of a gauzy texture and wavy appearance, used for ladies scarfs, shawls, bonnet trimmings, etc.; -- called also Oriental crape.

• Canton flannel

  1. () See Cotton flannel.