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[French shahnt-fah-bluh] /French ʃɑ̃tˈfɑ blə/
noun, plural chantefables
[shahnt-fah-bluh] /ʃɑ̃tˈfɑ blə/ (Show IPA)
(in medieval French literature) a prose narrative interspersed with verse.
< French; see chant, fable Unabridged
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a medieval tale of adventure told in alternating sections of sung verse and recited prose. The word itself was used-and perhaps coined-by the anonymous author of the 13th-century French work Aucassin et Nicolette in its concluding lines: "No cantefable prent fin" ("Our chantefable is drawing to a close"). The work is the sole surviving example of the genre. The word is from the Old French (Picard dialect) cantefable, literally, "(it) sings (and it) narrates."

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