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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
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 for chant
  • The chant was a faint one, but not so much so as to go undetected.
  • Something the great unwashed might chant more about is the damage done by offshore finance.
  • They're clapping and doing a call-and-response type of chant.
  • Tradition and heritage were expressed primarily through chant and dance.
  • Not many citizens of this country have heard that timeless chant.
  • While he played well that game, seeing the armor of the player get broken gives incentive to fans to chant.
  • Although the answer ought to depend on the company, many gurus still tend to offer one chant for all.
  • When the sun set an imam came out to chant the evening prayer.
  • At first an electronic chant sets a slow and minimalist mood.
  • Seeing the players acknowledge your chant makes it worthwhile.
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
chant
late 14c., from O.Fr. chanter, from L. cantare, freq. of canere "sing," from PIE base *kan- "to sing" (cf. Gk. eikanos "cock," O.E. hana "cock," both lit. "bird who sings for sunrise;" O.Ir. caniaid "sings," Welsh canu "sing"). The frequentative quality of the word was no longer felt in L., and by the time Fr. emerged the word had entirely displaced canere.
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Encyclopedia Article for chant

the Gregorian chant (q.v.) and, by extension, other similar religious chants. The word derives from the 13th-century Latin term cantus planus ("plain song"), referring to the unmeasured rhythm and monophony (single line of melody) of Gregorian chant, as distinguished from the measured rhythm of polyphonic (multipart) music, called cantus mensuratus, or cantus figuratus ("measured," or "figured," song). Its other main application is to ancient Christian music with the same unmeasured rhythm and monophony-in the West, Ambrosian, Gallican, and Mozarabic chants (qq.v.); in the East, Byzantine, Syrian, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Armenian chants (qq.v.). It may also refer to similar non-Christian religious music, such as Jewish and Hindu chants.

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