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chantry

[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.
  3. the priests of a chantry endowment.
  4. a chapel attached to a church, used for minor services.
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Origin of chantry

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

noun plural -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
  3. (as modifier)a chantry priest
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Word Origin

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