chant

[chant, chahnt]
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; (v.) Middle English chanten < Middle French chanter < Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing; (noun) < French chant < Latin cantus; see canto

chantable, adjective
chantingly, adverb
half-chanted, adjective
unchanted, adjective
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chant (tʃɑːnt)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
 
[C14: from Old French chanter to sing, from Latin cantāre, frequentative of canere to sing]
 
'chanting
 
n
 
adj
 
'chantingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
The two-hour forum drew chanting protesters and a police escort for the school
  board members.
Cultists wired electrodes to their heads while chanting ancient mantras and
  logging on to computer nets.
After a period of chanting, the artist started an extremely painful tattooing
  process that often lasted six or eight hours.
One imagines chanting and drumming, the animals on the great pillars seeming to
  move in flickering torchlight.
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