chant

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verb

chanted; chanting; chants

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

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noun

1
2
a
b
: a rhythmic monotonous utterance or song
c
: a composition for chanting

Example Sentences

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
The group had hoped to chant the World War II-era names at a protest. Molly Enking, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2022 The Ireicho itself, Hanami continued, references the kakochō, a death register that’s placed in Japanese Buddhist temples and brought out during memorials so people can chant the names of the deceased. Claire Wang, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2022 Mexico fans continue to chant a homophobic slur at opposing goalkeepers and FIFA refuses to impose the kind of substantial penalty – forfeiture of World Cup qualifiers – that would have a meaningful impact. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2022 As the choir began to chant, Patrick Lally, who has been attending St. Mary’s since 1989 and helps during Mass as a master of ceremonies, could not describe the ... Evan Myers, National Review, 21 Sep. 2022 Unfortunately a few individuals decided to chant some offensive remarks. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2022 Ma led the crowd to chant the name of the school before resuming their performance. Serena Puang, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 Primo quickly has become a fan favorite at the AT&T Center, where fans look for any excuse to chant his name. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Oct. 2021 Last Friday, as massive crowds took to the streets to chant against top officials, a digital barricade of sorts went up between Iran and the world, data showed. Isabel Debre, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2022
Noun
The chant at yesterday's Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 18 Sep. 2022 One of the early iconic moments is the pounding-on-your-chest chant by Matthew McConaughey. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 The powerful chant of protests erupting across Iran encompasses the demands of Iranian women who have been oppressed and silenced for decades. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 25 Oct. 2022 The University of Oregon’s student section was put under the microscope after some fans yelled an offensive chant during the Oregon Ducks’ football game against BYU on Sept. 17. Shane Hoffmann For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2022 The Oregon Ducks and its student section have apologized to BYU fans after they were subjected to an offensive chant during Saturday’s football game. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2022 The University of Oregon and its student section have issued separate apologies to BYU fans after they were subjected to an offensive chant Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 At the Glastonbury Festival last weekend in southwest England, Phoebe Bridgers led the crowd in an anti-Supreme Court chant. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 The Ecuador game at Soldier Field also was marred by the return of an anti-gay chant in the final minutes that caused Panamanian referee Oliver Vergara to halt the match. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of chant was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near chant

Cite this Entry

“Chant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chant. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chant 1 of 2

verb

1
: to sing especially in the way a chant is sung
2
: to recite or speak with no change in tone
chanter noun

chant

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noun

1
: a melody in which several words or syllables are sung in one tone
2
: something spoken in the style of a chant

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