chant

[chant, chahnt]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to sing.
to utter a chant.

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
Related formschant·a·ble, adjectivechant·ing·ly, adverbhalf-chant·ed, adjectiveun·chant·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chantable

chant

noun

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

verb

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 Formschanting, 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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Word Origin and History for chantable

chant

n.

1670s, from chant (v.), or else from French chant (12c.), from Latin cantus "song, a singing; bird-song," from past participle stem of canere.

chant

v.

late 14c., from Old French chanter "to sing, celebrate" (12c.), from Latin cantare "to sing," originally frequentative of canere "sing" (which it replaced), from PIE root *kan- "to sing" (cf. Greek eikanos "cock," Old English hana "cock," both literally "bird who sings for sunrise;" Old Irish caniaid "sings," Welsh canu "sing"). The frequentative quality of the word was no longer felt in Latin, and by the time French emerged the word had entirely displaced canere. Related: Chanted; chanting.

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