chant

verb
\ 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

chant

noun

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Outside, the students chanted slogans against the National Rifle Association, the county's most powerful gun-rights lobbying group, which on Thursday endorsed Ducey's plan to prevent mass shootings in Arizona schools. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Arizona students prepare to occupying Capitol buildings in 'die-in'," 20 Apr. 2018 When the measure was defeated by a single vote, dozens of people who supported the repeal rushed the front of the hearing room, chanting pro-rent control slogans. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bid to repeal rent-control limits in California could be headed to ballot," 20 Apr. 2018 For the tourists in khakis, the chanting monks and vividly colored silks presented a stunning photo opportunity. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 The demonstrators Thursday banged on drums, chanted slogans and carried flags and banners along the streets of Buenos Aires, marching in front of the Congress building. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest: 'Black Panther' Star Speaks At UN Event," 8 Mar. 2018 Sidewalk onlookers cheered and chanted slogans of support while demonstrators were escorted to police cars by law enforcement. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "DACA expiration prompts protests and arrests in Indianapolis," 6 Mar. 2018 For the best experience, avoid visiting on Fridays or within a half hour after the ezan is chanted from the minarets. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Senegal Senegal's fans have comprehensively out-chanted their opposition supporters during every game of the tournament so far. SI.com, "5 of the Best Fan Chants in Russia," 5 July 2018 The crowd in the plaza dispersed, cheering and chanting, and many headed toward broad Paseo de la Reforma boulevard and the iconic Angel of Independence monument, where the revelry continued. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For the first time, FIFA is using anti-discrimination experts to monitor World Cup games, and the Mexican and Argentinian soccer federations have been fined for offensive behavior by fans including anti-gay chants and slurs. Washington Post, "Hosting World Cup makes Russia more gay-friendly — for now," 30 June 2018 For the first time, FIFA is using anti-discrimination experts to monitor World Cup games, and the Mexican and Argentinian soccer federations have been fined for offensive behavior by fans including anti-gay chants and slurs. Angela Charlton, chicagotribune.com, "Hosting World Cup makes Russia more gay-friendly — for now," 29 June 2018 The Yell Leaders, male cheerleaders who wear white coveralls and communicate in a series of chants and gesticulation only Aggies understand, can inspire more than 100,000 people to shake Kyle Field. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 The groups spent hours lobbing chants and insults at one another from across the buffer zone. The Courier-Journal, "Beshear and ICE protests: What you missed in Louisville this weekend," 9 July 2018 At the start of every day, staff members like the Valley’s Cultural Programs Manager, Ka'ulameialani Diamond, perform an oli (Hawaiian protocol chant), thanking their ancestors for allowing us to use the land. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "I Took My Daughter to Hawaii to Teach Her How to Be a Better Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 The Shorewood march took on a somber tone — there were no chants or slogans shouted over a bullhorn — as demonstrators sought to convey the seriousness of their concerns. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immigrant-rights marchers rally in Wisconsin and the nation," 30 June 2018 There were occasional chants, some fans wore Iran jerseys or waved Iranian flags, and someone honked sporadically on a vuvuzela. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "In Cambridge, World Cup brings a jubilant reprieve for local Iranians," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of chant

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for chant

Verb

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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chant

verb

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

chant

noun

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

chant

verb
\ 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.

chant

noun

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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