(con-TAH-bee-lay) An expression (taken from the Italian â€œcantareâ€, meaning to sing) which asks the performer to sing or play in a sweetly singing manner. The term refers to a smooth and even style of singing or playing.
Cantabile is a musical term meaning literally "singable" or "songlike" (Italian). It has several meanings in different contexts. In instrumental music, it indicates a particular style of playing designed to imitate the human voice.