chan·​tey ˈshan-tē How to pronounce chantey (audio) ˈchan- How to pronounce chantey (audio)
variants or chanty or shanty
plural chanteys or chanties or shanties
: a song sung by sailors in rhythm with their work

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sea chantey TikToks are choral performances that will never see the inside of a concert hall, even if the folks behind them get record deals. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 12 Apr. 2021 Sea Music Festival The 39th annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport features four days of workshops, concerts, a children’s stage with special performances and demonstrations of maritime work songs – or chanteys – aboard historic vessels. Hartford Courant,, 4 June 2018 Since 1871, the group has serenaded audiences with folk songs, love songs, show tunes, sea chanteys, and semi-classical music. Kathy Shiels Tully,, 25 May 2018 Join a sea chantey sing along at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, the Aquarium of the Bay is organizing volunteers to clean the Park’s Aquatic Park beach from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. https://AquaticPark Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2018 Primarily abandoning the ’80s-style synthesizers that coat much of their new studio material, the Decemberists relied on folk-rock and sea-chantey standbys — as well as the golden throats of prior collaborators Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor. Bob Gendron,, 11 Apr. 2018 The Sea Chanters, the U.S. Navy’s official chorus, is set to perform a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, sea chanteys and patriotic fare to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. Linda Mcintosh,, 1 Mar. 2018 This particular raging squall, evoked by swaying, chantey-singing performers, is the one that separates the look-alike brother and sister Viola (Emily Young) and Sebastian (Javier Ignacio) and sets into motion a tale of confused identities. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2017 Mount Vernon Nights The U.S. Navy Sea Chanters sing traditional choral music, sea chanteys and Broadway tunes. 6 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center Quad, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Sarah Lane, Washington Post, 14 June 2017 See More

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Word History


modification of French chanter

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chantey was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Chantey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


variants or chanty
or shanty
plural chanteys or chanties or shanties
: a song sung by sailors in rhythm with their work

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