[chan-ter, chahn-]
a person who chants; singer.
a chorister; precentor.
the chief singer or priest of a chantry.
the pipe of a bagpipe provided with finger holes for playing the melody.

1250–1300; chant + -er1; replacing Middle English chantour < Anglo-French, variant of Old French chanteor < Latin cantātōr-, equivalent to cantā(re) to sing (see chant) + -tor -tor

chantership, noun
underchanter, noun Unabridged
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chanter (ˈtʃɑːntə)
1.  a person who chants
2.  the pipe on a set of bagpipes that is provided with finger holes and on which the melody is played

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The chanter is a double pipe with six holes on each side.
The chanter is the part of the bagpipe upon which the player creates the melody.
Its construction is similar to that of the chanter of a bagpipe.
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