[ chan-tree, chahn- ]
/ ˈtʃæn tri, ˈtʃɑn- /

noun, plural chan·tries. Ecclesiastical.

an endowment for the singing or saying of Mass for the souls of the founders or of persons named by them.
a chapel or the like so endowed.
the priests of a chantry endowment.
a chapel attached to a church, used for minor services.

Nearby words

  1. chantey,
  2. chanticleer,
  3. chantilly,
  4. chantilly lace,
  5. chantress,
  6. chanty,
  7. chanukah,
  8. chanukiah,
  9. chanute,
  10. chany

Origin of chantry

1300–50; Middle English chanterie < Middle French. See chant, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chantry


/ (ˈtʃɑːntrɪ) /

noun plural -tries Christianity

an endowment for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder or others designated by him
a chapel or altar so endowed
(as modifier)a chantry priest

Word Origin for chantry

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

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