chan·​ti·​cleer | \ ˌchan-tə-ˈklir How to pronounce chanticleer (audio) , ˌshan- \

Definition of chanticleer

chiefly literary
: rooster … now that that antisocial chanticleer has bitten the dust, the henhouse is as gentle and peaceful as a nunnery …Science 83 typically used like a proper name … to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.— Henry David ThoreauAs to poor Crusoe in the self-same sea, no saint's bell pealed forth the lapse of week or month; each day went by unchallenged; no chanticleer announced those sultry dawns, no lowing herds those poisonous nights.— Herman Melville

First Known Use of chanticleer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chanticleer

Middle English Chantecleer, rooster in verse narratives, from Old French Chantecler, rooster in the Roman de Renart

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“Chanticleer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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