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chanter

[chan-ter, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn tər, ˈtʃɑn-/
noun
1.
a person who chants; singer.
2.
a chorister; precentor.
3.
the chief singer or priest of a chantry.
4.
the pipe of a bagpipe provided with finger holes for playing the melody.
Origin
1250-1300
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
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chantership, noun
underchanter, noun
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chanter

/ˈtʃɑːntə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for chantership

chanter

n.

"singer, composer," late 14c., from Old French chanteor (Modern French chanteur), from Latin cantorem "singer," from cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)).

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