[ chant, chahnt ]
/ tʃænt, tʃɑnt /
a short, simple melody, especially one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned, used in singing psalms, canticles, etc., in church services.
a psalm, canticle, or the like, chanted or for chanting.
the singing or intoning of all or portions of a liturgical service.
any monotonous song.
a song; singing: the chant of a bird.
a monotonous intonation of the voice in speaking.
a phrase, slogan, or the like, repeated rhythmically and insistently, as by a crowd.
verb (used with object)
to sing to a chant, or in the manner of a chant, especially in a church service.
to celebrate in song.
to repeat (a phrase, slogan, etc.) rhythmically and insistently.
verb (used without object)
to utter a chant.
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Origin of chant
1350–1400; (v.) Middle English chanten < Middle French chanter < Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; (noun) < French chant < Latin cantus; see canto
OTHER WORDS FROM chantchant·a·ble, adjectivechant·ing·ly, adverbhalf-chant·ed, adjectiveun·chant·ed, adjective
Words nearby chant
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British Dictionary definitions for chantable
/ (tʃɑːnt) /
a simple song or melody
a short simple melody in which several words or syllables are assigned to one note, as in the recitation of psalms
a psalm or canticle performed by using such a melody
a rhythmic or repetitious slogan, usually spoken or sung, as by sports supporters, etc
monotonous or singsong intonation in speech
to sing or recite (a psalm, prayer, etc) as a chant
to intone (a slogan) rhythmically or repetitiously
to speak or say monotonously as if intoning a chant
Derived forms of chantchanting, noun, adjectivechantingly, adverb
Word Origin for chant
C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing
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