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1 a city on the Zhu Jiangi delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port [syn: Guangzhou, Kuangchou, Kwangchow]
2 a small administrative division of a country


1 provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, billet]
2 divide into cantons, of a country

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see Canton



  • (A Swiss, French, or Letzebuergesch administrative division) /ˈkɑ̃tɔ̃/
  • (An administrative division of Bosnia and Herzegovina) /?/
  • (A rectangular division of a flag) /ˈkæntɒn/


  1. One of the states making up the Confederation of Switzerland.
  2. A subdivision of an arrondissement of France.
  3. A subdivision of Luxembourg (the country).
  4. A subdivision of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  5. 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).


state of Switzerland
subdivision of an arrondissement
  • Dutch: kanton
  • French: canton
  • German: Kanton
subdivision of Luxembourg
  • Dutch: kanton
  • French: canton
  • German: Kanton
subdivision of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dutch: kanton
  • French: canton
  • German: Kanton
subdivision of flag


  1. defn English




  • lang=fr|/kɑ̃.tɔ̃/, lang=fr|/kA~.tO~/


canton (plural cantons)
  1. canton (of Switzerland, France or Luxembourg)




Extensive Definition

See also: Kanton
Canton may refer to:


* Canton or Canton Province, an older English name of Guangdong Province, in the South of China
canton in Czech: Kanton
canton in Bosnian: Kanton
canton in German: Canton (Begriffsklärung)
canton in German: Kanton
canton in French: Canton
canton in Indonesian: Kanton
canton in Italian: Cantone
canton in Japanese: カントン
canton in Dutch: Kanton
canton in Norwegian Nynorsk: Kanton
canton in Norwegian: Kanton
canton in Polish: Canton
canton in Polish: Kanton
canton in Russian: Кантон
canton in Simple English: Canton
canton in Finnish: Canton
canton in Swedish: Canton
canton in Swedish: Kanton
canton in Serbian: Кантон
canton in Turkish: Kanton
canton in Tatar: Kanton

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