\ 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)

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

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Synonyms for chant

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The commander was around a corner and behind the crowd that was chanting loudly in the opposite direction, the video showed. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland police gave order for George Floyd protesters to disperse; legal observers, witnesses said no one heard it," 3 June 2020 Tensions spiked outside the White House, the scene of three days of demonstrations, where police fired tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of more than 1,000 chanting protesters across the street in Lafayette Park. CBS News, "Nationwide protests continue, many marred by clashes with police and looting," 1 June 2020 Taylor’s name is one of those being chanted during nationwide protests decrying police killings of Black people. Michael Kunzelman,, "Deadly police raid fuels call to end ‘no knock’ warrants," 1 June 2020 The closeness of being stuffed in a gym with players and fans, the din of students stomping and chanting in the stands and the overwhelming school pride were unlike any other sport. Greg Luca, Alia Malik And Krista Torralva |,, "San Antonio’s high school Class of 2020, shaped by crisis, stayed cool and collected," 31 May 2020 Protests have turned violent in many major U.S. cities including Washington D.C. Protests flared again Sunday night in the blocks surrounding the White House, with droves of demonstrators chanting ahead of a curfew at 11 p.m. local time. Derek Wallbank,, "Trump to Meet With Attorney General and Governors Amid Escalating Protests," 31 May 2020 In the spirit of ACT UP, join us and chant this (three times). Nick Romano,, "Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84," 27 May 2020 The protesters marched to a police precinct building and were seen on social media chanting, holding signs, and, in some cases, throwing objects at police cars. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Protesters in Minneapolis clash with police after death of black man officers had pinned down," 26 May 2020 These words, chanted rhythmically all over the Arabic-speaking world beginning in January 2011, promised a transformation in the history of the Middle East. New York Times, "‘The Arab Winter,’ by Noah Feldman: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Participants there lined Northern Lights Boulevard to hold signs and chant. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: An emotional day of protests on Anchorage streets," 31 May 2020 Or a soccer game in Seattle or Atlanta or Portland or L.A. bereft of songs, chants and drums. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Play the long game: Fans better off not predicting when they can return to sports," 28 May 2020 That was also the rally where right-wing radio host Alex Jones, who runs a conspiracy-theory website, drove around in a truck egging on attendees’ chants through a megaphone. Diana Daly, The Conversation, "What are the ‘reopen’ protesters really saying?," 1 May 2020 Even today, some have faced hateful chants and jeers from the stands. Washington Post, "Faith before basketball for Yeshiva University champions," 1 Mar. 2020 The two were drowned out by loud booing that soon transformed into chants of support for the former vice president, who went right back into his speech. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Let dairy die!': Anti-dairy industry protesters dragged from stage during Biden victory speech," 3 Mar. 2020 Across Clinton Avenue, about a dozen Jones' supporters gathered with their own signs and their own chants. Paul Gattis |, al, "Trump supporters at Huntsville rally send message to Sen. Jones: ‘Vote no’," 24 Jan. 2020 Each auctioneer has their own chant, the words that are said at a rapid speed in between bid prices, Mast says. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "How do they do that? A Barrett-Jackson auctioneer's tips for talking and selling fast," 19 Jan. 2020 One of the season’s best gags is about how catchy their chants are. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "AJ and the Queen Says Drag Will Make America Okay Again," 15 Jan. 2020

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

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6 Jun 2020

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“Chant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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