[ chan-tree, chahn- ]
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noun,plural chan·tries.Ecclesiastical.
  1. an endowment for the singing or saying of Mass for the souls of the founders or of persons named by them.

  2. a chapel or the like so endowed.

  1. the priests of a chantry endowment.

  2. a chapel attached to a church, used for minor services.

Origin of chantry

1300–50; Middle English chanterie<Middle French. See chant, -ery

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How to use chantry in a sentence

  • I stripped off Doctor chantry's unendurable bandages, and put on my clothes, for there were brambles along the path.

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood

British Dictionary definitions for chantry


/ (ˈtʃɑːntrɪ) /

nounplural -tries Christianity
  1. an endowment for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder or others designated by him

  2. a chapel or altar so endowed

  1. (as modifier): a chantry priest

Origin of chantry

C14: from Old French chanterie, from chanter to sing; see chant

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