\ ˈchant How to pronounce chant (audio) \
chanted; chanting; chants

Definition of chant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make melodic sounds with the voice especially : to sing a chant
2 : to recite something in a monotonous repetitive tone protesters were chanting outside

transitive verb

1 : to utter as in chanting
2 : to celebrate or praise in song or chant



Definition of chant (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : plainsong
b : a rhythmic monotonous utterance or song
c : a composition for chanting

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Synonyms for chant

Synonyms: Verb

intonate, intone, sing

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Examples of chant in a Sentence


The crowd began chanting her name. They chanted “Sara, Sara” until she came back on stage. Protesters were chanting outside the governor's home. They were chanting in Arabic. Priests chanted the Catholic Mass in Latin.


Our chant was “Peace now, peace now!”. Chant is often used as a form of meditation and prayer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During the spring semi-final against Clutch Gaming, the team’s fans could be heard chanting loudly at Riot’s Los Angeles studio. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 Matt Murray should have stopped the goal — the kind of bad goal usually allowed by the Flyers — and the crowd derisively chanted his name., "Jake Guentzel’s four goals helps Penguins clinch vs. Flyers," 23 Apr. 2018 Video from the protest shows massive banners and crowd chanting Thomas’s name as cars honked their horns while driving by. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arizona Students Marched for Classmate Thomas Torres-Maytorena, Who's Facing Deportation Court on Graduation Day," 7 May 2019 Most of the protesters chanted loudly but were unassuming in their manner of dress, while others took a different approach. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Coats Worn at the Extinction Rebellion Protests in London Are Made From Fresh Seedling Grass," 19 Feb. 2019 On the other side of the country, meanwhile, a rally outside City Hall in Portland, Maine, grew so large that police had to shut down part of a street as about 2,000 people chanted, cheered and prayed, the wire service said Saturday evening. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 The seven-time NL MVP was greeted with a rousing ovation as fans chanted his name. Janie Mccauley, Fox News, "Home run king Barry Bonds has his No. 25 retired by Giants," 12 Aug. 2018 Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, was interrupted at a Mexican restaurant last month as protesters chanted during her meal. New York Times, "On Martha’s Vineyard, a Frosty Summer for Alan Dershowitz," 3 July 2018 All this boiled over in mass protests earlier this year as citizens chanted for the release of political prisoners and voiced concerns over deteriorating ethnic relations. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That chant targeted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Jr. Prompted an "AOC Sucks!" Chant at President Donald Trump's Michigan Rally," 29 Mar. 2019 After a blessing and a boisterous chant of L-O-V-E, the children are divided by age for reading groups. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tulsa experiment: Can investing in children early reverse poverty cycle?," 13 Apr. 2018 Moved at times to tears, joy and chants of defiance, thousands of people all but filled Kansas City's Theis Park on Saturday, part of a national wave of March for Our Lives protests to end gun violence. Eric Adler, Mara Rose Williams And The New York Times, kansascity, "‘We have had enough!’ March for Our Lives protest in KC draws thousands | The Kansas City Star," 24 Mar. 2018 According to People, upon Harry's arrival at the school, he was met with cheers and chants of his name by the students. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had the Most Chill Reaction to a Boy Who Didn't Think He Was a "Real Prince"," 21 Mar. 2019 If found to be true, the chants will mar what has been a successful tournament both on and off the pitch for the Three Lions., "FIFA Investigation Underway as England Fans Accused of 'Potentially Discriminatory' Chants," 12 July 2018 The chant earned the country's soccer federation a fine after the previous match. Derek Gatopoulos, Houston Chronicle, "Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea," 23 June 2018 Lamb, who got a peek at Vice President Mike Pence arriving at the Tower during his trip, said the loud chants of protestors are audible inside the building too. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "This Is What It's Like to Stay at an Airbnb in Trump Tower," 7 Mar. 2017 One of the videos from the incident shows Cruz struggling to escape the hostile crowd amid chants and taunts. Fox News, "Protester filmed screaming 'I hate Ted Cruz,' tearing up signs in Houston neighborhood," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of chant


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for chant


Middle English chaunten, from Anglo-French chanter, from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere to sing; akin to Old English hana rooster, Old Irish canid he sings

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English Language Learners Definition of chant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say (a word or phrase) many times in a rhythmic way usually loudly and with other people
: to sing words and especially religious prayers by using a small number of musical notes that are repeated many times



English Language Learners Definition of chant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a word or phrase that is repeated in a rhythmic way usually loudly and by a group of people
: a kind of singing using a small number of musical notes that are repeated many times


\ ˈchant How to pronounce chant (audio) \
chanted; chanting

Kids Definition of chant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to sing using a small number of musical tones
2 : to recite or speak in a rhythmic usually loud way The crowd began chanting her name.



Kids Definition of chant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a melody in which several words or syllables are sung on one tone
2 : something spoken in a rhythmic usually loud way

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