\ 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 Wilson waved to the crowd has he was driven off the field and Kentucky fans chanted his name. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Terry Wilson carted off the field in Kentucky game vs. Eastern Michigan," 2 Sep. 2019 After the crowd began chanting her first name, she was released, but officers grabbed at least one protester, the reports said, as well as 12 demonstrators in the northern city of St. Petersburg. Neil Macfarquhar,, "With pickets, Russian protesters look to sustain momentum," 17 Aug. 2019 By Monday afternoon, the airport’s arrival and departure halls were packed with protesters ceaselessly chanting slogans. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong protesters effectively forced the airport to shut down," 12 Aug. 2019 The second night of CNN's Democratic primary debate on Wednesday was quickly upended after a heckler began chanting during New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's opening statement. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "CNN Debate Roiled by Hecklers, Multiple Interruptions," 1 Aug. 2019 The crowd sensed a collapse and began chanting Johnson’s nickname on the par-3 14th as Koepka went long and was headed for a fourth straight bogey. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship," 20 May 2019 On Friday, Thunberg and about 1,500 protesters, many of them schoolchildren, marched and chanted near the White House. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 With discussions still ongoing, the Timbers Army encouraged fans to cheer and chant as usual during a game between the Timbers and Salt Lake last week. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Timbers Army announces plans for protest after Major League Soccer bans fans for flying Iron Front flags," 5 Sep. 2019 As co-chair of the group Black Students United, she was accompanied by hundreds of chanting students who had all come to deliver a set of demands. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press The chants of picketers rang out in front of the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Monday morning, the day after the UAW called for a national strike against General Motors. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit-Hamtramck workers want plant to get more product, temps to be permanent," 16 Sep. 2019 The British government source said officials requested an indoor location for the post-meeting media briefing in order to avoid the chants of protesters. Aimee Lewis, Matthew Chance And Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Johnson skips press conference to avoid anti-Brexit protests," 16 Sep. 2019 Several minutes later with a large brace immobilizing his left knee, Wilson was carted off the field to chants of his name from Kentucky fans. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Stoops: Terry Wilson's injury does not change goals for Kentucky football," 8 Sep. 2019 Elizabeth Warren’s were young, loud and pre-loaded with chants. The Economist, "Adventures with long-shot candidates," 15 Aug. 2019 According to the Hawaiian creation chant, the plant is a sacred connection to the ancestors, and all Hawaiians trace their roots back to the kalo. National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Journeys Along Hawaii’s Hana Coast," 2 July 2019 The 37-year-old Federer, whose 20 Grand Slam titles are a record for a man, was serenaded off the court by spectators' chants of his first name. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in 3 sets to reach 12th French Open final," 7 June 2019 This is when learning the fan chants comes in handy! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "20 Best K-Pop Memes That You'll Want to Send to Your Idol Right Away," 24 May 2019 Almost all the themes in Duruflé’s requiem are taken from the chants of the Gregorian Requiem, giving the work a timeless, mystical quality. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Kansas City Symphony Chorus’ requiem will offer a balm for the soul | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018

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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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25 Oct 2019

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“Chant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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