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chant

verb \ ˈchant \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of chant

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

Examples of chant in a Sentence

  1. The crowd began chanting her name.

  2. They chanted “Sara, Sara” until she came back on stage.

  3. Protesters were chanting outside the governor's home.

  4. They were chanting in Arabic.

  5. Priests chanted the Catholic Mass in Latin.

Recent Examples of chant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

chant Synonyms

Synonyms
intonate, intone, sing
Related Words
bellow, belt, roar; chime, chorus

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chant

noun

Definition of chant

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

Examples of chant in a Sentence

  1. Our chant was “Peace now, peace now!”.

  2. Chant is often used as a form of meditation and prayer.

Recent Examples of chant from the Web

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First Known Use of chant

15th century


CHANT Defined for English Language Learners

chant

verb

Definition of chant for English Language Learners

  • : 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


chant

noun

Definition of chant for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHANT Defined for Kids

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chant

verb \ ˈchant \

Definition of chant for Students

chanted; chanting
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.

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chant

noun

Definition of chant for Students

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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