[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. chant,
  2. chant de guerre pour l'armée du rhin,
  3. chantage,
  4. chantant,
  5. chantefable,
  6. chanterelle,
  7. chanteur,
  8. chanteuse,
  9. chantey,
  10. chanticleer

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 formschant·er·ship, nounun·der·chant·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chanter


/ (ˈtʃɑːntə) /


a person who chants
the pipe on a set of bagpipes that is provided with finger holes and on which the melody is played
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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