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[chan-ter, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn tər, ˈtʃɑn-/
a person who chants; singer.
a chorister; precentor.
the chief singer or priest of a chantry.
the pipe of a bagpipe provided with finger holes for playing the melody.
Origin of chanter
1250-1300; chant + -er1; replacing Middle English chantour < Anglo-French, variant of Old French chanteor < Latin cantātōr-, equivalent to cantā(re) to sing (see chant) + -tor -tor
Related forms
chantership, noun
underchanter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chanter
Historical Examples
  • Never a roar of the drone or a sob of the chanter but's in the Gaelic tongue.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The chanter did not arrive until the afternoon of October 23.

  • Then it became the province of the chanter to completely obliterate it.

  • Behind the priest and a chanter stood the notabilities on a spot reserved for them.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He is a cogger of dice, I tell thee—a chanter of horseflesh.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • "He yells loud enough to deafen a chanter," continued Gauchre.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • On his left he had the sub-chanter, on his right, the chanter, armed with his official wand.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The door creaked as the chanter entered who was to relieve his predecessor.

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • He polished the silver and rubbed the chanter carefully to remove the dust.

    The Wee Scotch Piper Madeline Brandeis
  • He said he had received the chanter and the power to play it from the fairies.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
British Dictionary definitions for chanter


a person who chants
the pipe on a set of bagpipes that is provided with finger holes and on which the melody is played
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chanter

"singer, composer," late 14c., from Old French chanteor (Modern French chanteur), from Latin cantorem "singer," from cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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