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chantry

[chan-tree, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn tri, ˈtʃɑn-/
noun, plural chantries. Ecclesiastical
1.
an endowment for the singing or saying of Mass for the souls of the founders or of persons named by them.
2.
a chapel or the like so endowed.
3.
the priests of a chantry endowment.
4.
a chapel attached to a church, used for minor services.
Origin of chantry
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English chanterie < Middle French. See chant, -ery
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chantry

/ˈtʃɑːntrɪ/
noun (Christianity) (pl) -tries
1.
an endowment for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder or others designated by him
2.
a chapel or altar so endowed
3.
(as modifier): a chantry priest
Word Origin
C14: from Old French chanterie, from chanter to sing; see chant
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