\ 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

Women, men, and children of all different walks of life raised their fists and chanted along with the players. Charlotte Wilder,, "USWNT's Inspirational Impact Clear at Women's World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019 Palkot, for his credit, kept on reporting even as people continued to chant. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "U.S. Women’s Soccer Fans Shout ‘F--k Trump’ During Live World Cup Broadcast," 8 July 2019 The blocky, percussive track -- a highlight at his recent Coachella showing -- is made for rumbling through dark dancefloors, propelled into euphoria by whirlwind loops of chanting voices. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 Dickinson’s players were chanting typical baseball stuff in the first inning, but after awhile, the home-plate umpire warned the coaching staff that Little League rules state that isn’t allowed. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 11s headed to sectionals after cruising to District 14 crown," 27 June 2019 Looking like a character from a Brazilian comic book, supporters affectionately chant 'Little Onion' to him., "Everton: 5 Things to Know About Brazil's Copa America Star & Man City Transfer Target," 26 June 2019 Three songs inscribed in hieroglyphics at Luxor reveal the words chanted by priests and priestesses. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 For six nights, protesters clashed off and on with police, while chanting and marching in and around Christopher Street. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019 As Jones was delivering her speech in the University Student Union ballroom, the students filled the hallway outside ballroom and began chanting, which could be heard in the ballroom. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cal State San Marcos police chief quits without a public explanation 2 years after taking job," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The announced crowd of 19,633 largely favored the Americans, but during a moment late in the second half, chants in support of Spain rang through Stade Auguste-Delaune. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT sneaks by Spain 2-1 in gritty World Cup match, advances to quarterfinals," 25 June 2019 Those chants no longer echo in Smith's ears though. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Luke Smith is getting his chance on the big stage as Louisville baseball's latest starter," 21 June 2019 Sayab Noureldaim, a 30-year-old Khartoum resident, joined his neighbors grieving and singing protest chants after the June 3 crackdown. Julia Steers, WSJ, "Brutal Sudanese Militia Leader Plays a Bigger Role in War-Torn Nation," 20 June 2019 By that time, the tone of the parade had changed somewhat as the band became jazzier and a circle of bystanders offered up raucous Mardi Gras Indian chants. Doug Maccash,, "Remembering Leah Chase’s second-line parade in New Orleans," 13 June 2019 Thousands of protesters sat around chatting happily, occasionally joining in with triumphant chants. James Griffiths, CNN, "The return of Hong Kong's umbrella movement," 12 June 2019 Individually identifiable and having a significant negative impact has grown into a kind of chant on the rivers, a catechism of the waters. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The 37-year-old Federer was serenaded off the court by spectators' chants of his first name. Howard Fendrich,, "Federer can’t handle wind or Nadal in three-set French Open loss," 7 June 2019 Then a revolutionary chant exploded in the stadium. The New York Review of Books, "Aida Alami," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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