What does chant mean?

Definitions for chanttʃænt, tʃɑnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chant.

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"


  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

  10. Origin: [F. chanter, fr. L. cantare, intens. of canere to sing. Cf. Cant affected speaking, and see Hen.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chant

    chant, v.t. to sing: to celebrate in song: to recite in a singing manner: to sell horses fraudulently.—n. song: melody: a kind of sacred music, in which prose is sung.—ns. Chant′er, Chant′or, a singer: a precentor: in a bagpipe, the pipe with finger-holes, on which the melody is played: one who cries up horses; Chant′ress; Chant′ry, an endowment, or chapel, for the chanting of masses; Chant′y, a sailor's song, usually with a drawling refrain, sung in concert while raising the anchor, &c. [Fr. chanter—L. cantāre, canĕre, to sing.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ashima:

    There are certain sayings that ring in your head long enough to become a chant!

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

  3. Emily Dickinson:

    His Labor is a Chant -- his Idleness -- a Tune -- oh, for a Bee's experience of Clovers, and of Noon!

  4. Daniel Boren:

    It is clear that during the four years since the chant was brought to the university campus, its existence was known by recent members and ... it became part of the institutionalized culture of the chapter.

  5. Jared Scarborough:

    I was shocked they were just doing it openly on the bus, like they were proud of it, from the chant, you could tell they had done it before. It wasn't a first-time thing. And it was everybody. And the fist-pumping.

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