chan·​try ˈchan-trē How to pronounce chantry (audio)
plural chantries
: an endowment for the chanting of masses commonly for the founder
: a chapel endowed by a chantry

Word History


Middle English chanterie, from Anglo-French, literally, singing, from chanter

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chantry was in the 14th century

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“Chantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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