\ 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

Synonyms for chant

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of chant in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun Our chant was “Peace now, peace now!”. Chant is often used as a form of meditation and prayer. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On a mid-March evening here in the capital, a crowd of hundreds of festivalgoers wearing fairy wings, rhinestones and rainbow face paint began to chant. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Anna Nguyen walked toward Bao Quang temple, ready to chant and pray to the majestic golden Buddha. Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2022 What could spare Solskjaer from losing his job during the international break is that the fans are yet to chant against the United striker-turned-underwhelming manager — yet. Rob Harris, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Inspire fans at FirstEnergy Stadium to chant your name — check. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 For now, the AT&T Center might have to wait to chant his name. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Oct. 2021 Sports crowds now chant the phrase, in addition to affixing it to signs and banners. Andy Meek, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Nobody will actually chant this, but the truth will remain through a long cold winter. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2021 At Oklahoma, Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler struggled again Saturday, which led Sooners fans to chant for true freshman backup QB Caleb Williams. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 26 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The men concluded their a capalla chant with the ... Andrew Doran, National Review, 1 May 2022 The Pelicans fans were rough on Crowder with their four-letter chant. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 The first time the chant rained down at Petco Park on Saturday night, the Dodgers quieted the crowd. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 By the second half, as the Nuggets extended their lead on the Washington Wizards to as many as 28 points, the chant grew to a small roar from the stands around the Denver bench. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 As some of the students massaged kale for the salad, the class’ camaraderie was on full display when the group began a chant that references a decorative sign Benefield keeps in her office. Brittany Mcgee, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 The track’s charging guitars, pop sensibilities and unforgettable chant all come together for a historic moment where pop and punk fully merged. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 Right before Greene took the stage, Fuentes led a chant for Putin. Peter Weber, The Week, 1 Mar. 2022 Netanel invites us to set our intentions via a Kundalini chant. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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