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[chawnt, chahnt] /tʃɔnt, tʃɑnt/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Obsolete
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  • In the evening it was the custom for the canons to chaunt vespers with great pomp.

  • chaunt then till I go to sleep, and if I wake when you stop, you 'll have this at your head.

  • It touched one as does the reiterated note of a chaunt; if not with an impression of doom, at least with that of calamity.

    Hills and the Sea H. Belloc
  • As soon as the parties are formed, all sit down on the ground, and begin to chaunt prayers in a slow and subdued tone.

  • Parish clerks liquor their throats plentifully at eight, and chaunt out Hopkins most melodiously about ten.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • This was varied by a backwards and forwards movement, the chaunt continuing all the time.

  • I answered, 'That is well,' and began to chaunt the song of death.

    Atala Franois Auguste de Chateaubriand
  • So monotonous was the chaunt, that its effect soon became visible in a general drowsiness.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And then, above the rain storm that beat loudly on the corrugated iron, I heard the sound of a chaunt.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Then the chaunt became quicker, by a sort of crescendo movement, and the song appeared transformed to a recitative.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for chaunt


noun, verb
a less common variant of chant
Derived Forms
chaunter, noun
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