Definitions for chanttʃænt, tʃɑnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chanttʃænt, tʃɑnt(n.)

  1. a short, simple melody, esp. the monodic intonation of plainsong.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a psalm, canticle, or the like, chanted or for chanting.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. a song; singing:

    the chant of a bird.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. a phrase, slogan, or the like, repeated rhythmically and insistently, as by a crowd.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. (v.t.)to sing to a chant, or in the manner of a chant, esp. in a church service.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. to repeat (a phrase, slogan, etc.) rhythmically and insistently.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. (v.i.)to utter a chant.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of chant:

1350–1400; (v.) ME < MF chanter < L cantāre, freq. of canere to sing; (n.) < F chant, OF < L cantus; see canto


Princeton's WordNet

  1. chant(verb)

    a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone

  2. chant, intone, intonate, cantillate(verb)

    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm

    "The rabbi chanted a prayer"

  3. tone, chant, intone(verb)

    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

    "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chant(verb)ʃænt, tʃɑnt

    to continuously repeat a word or a phrase

    The crowd were chanting his name.; a rhythmic chant


  1. chant(Noun)

    Type of singing done generally without instruments and harmony.

  2. chant(Verb)

    To sing, especially without instruments, and as applied to monophonic and pre-modern music.

  3. Origin: From chanter, from canto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chant(verb)

    to utter with a melodious voice; to sing

  2. Chant(verb)

    to celebrate in song

  3. Chant(verb)

    to sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or to a tune called a chant

  4. Chant(verb)

    to make melody with the voice; to sing

  5. Chant(verb)

    to sing, as in reciting a chant

  6. Chant(verb)

    song; melody

  7. Chant(verb)

    a short and simple melody, divided into two parts by double bars, to which unmetrical psalms, etc., are sung or recited. It is the most ancient form of choral music

  8. Chant(verb)

    a psalm, etc., arranged for chanting

  9. Chant(verb)

    twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone


  1. Chant

    Chant is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases, such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song.

Anagrams of chant

  1. natch

Translations for chant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of sacred song.

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