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chant

[chant, chahnt] /tʃænt, tʃɑnt/
noun
1.
a short, simple melody, especially one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned, used in singing psalms, canticles, etc., in church services.
2.
a psalm, canticle, or the like, chanted or for chanting.
3.
the singing or intoning of all or portions of a liturgical service.
4.
any monotonous song.
5.
a song; singing:
the chant of a bird.
6.
a monotonous intonation of the voice in speaking.
7.
a phrase, slogan, or the like, repeated rhythmically and insistently, as by a crowd.
verb (used with object)
8.
to sing to a chant, or in the manner of a chant, especially in a church service.
9.
to sing.
10.
to celebrate in song.
11.
to repeat (a phrase, slogan, etc.) rhythmically and insistently.
verb (used without object)
12.
to sing.
13.
to utter a chant.
Origin of chant
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English chanten < Middle French chanter < Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; (noun) < French chant < Latin cantus; see canto
Related forms
chantable, adjective
chantingly, adverb
half-chanted, adjective
unchanted, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chant
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  • The chant is a weird sing-song which relates the conquests of the race.

    Poems of Experience Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Then, if you like, we can chant confidences in an antiphonal chorus.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The voice which carried the chant was called the tenor, from the Latin teneo, "I hold."

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • You ought to hear Angie and the rest of 'em chant hymns of glory about him.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They seem to call for an order of priests and priestesses to chant them.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
British Dictionary definitions for chant

chant

/tʃɑːnt/
noun
1.
a simple song or melody
2.
a short simple melody in which several words or syllables are assigned to one note, as in the recitation of psalms
3.
a psalm or canticle performed by using such a melody
4.
a rhythmic or repetitious slogan, usually spoken or sung, as by sports supporters, etc
5.
monotonous or singsong intonation in speech
verb
6.
to sing or recite (a psalm, prayer, etc) as a chant
7.
to intone (a slogan) rhythmically or repetitiously
8.
to speak or say monotonously as if intoning a chant
Derived Forms
chanting, noun, adjective
chantingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for chant
v.

late 14c., from Old French chanter "to sing, celebrate" (12c.), from Latin cantare "to sing," originally frequentative of canere "sing" (which it replaced), from PIE root *kan- "to sing" (cf. Greek eikanos "cock," Old English hana "cock," both literally "bird who sings for sunrise;" Old Irish caniaid "sings," Welsh canu "sing"). The frequentative quality of the word was no longer felt in Latin, and by the time French emerged the word had entirely displaced canere. Related: Chanted; chanting.

n.

1670s, from chant (v.), or else from French chant (12c.), from Latin cantus "song, a singing; bird-song," from past participle stem of canere.

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