\ 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)

2a : plainsong
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 Our condolences to those whose sole vaccine goal was to get it in time to safely chant your country’s name in a stadium while watching women’s gymnastics. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Japan Bans Foreign Visitors From Attending Summer Olympics," 9 Mar. 2021 In city after city, Indians gathered to chant the preamble to the country’s Constitution. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 Protesters often chant a list of demands, including Wheeler’s resignation and $50 million in cuts to Portland police. oregonlive, "Marches, rallies for racial justice resume Wednesday in Portland," 5 Nov. 2020 The protesters who chant the words hardly seem to care, but the phrase has come to represent several different ideas. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020 At a 2019 campaign rally in North Carolina, supporters in the crowd began to chant those words. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 12 of 28 comments deemed racist on viral list are Trump's direct speech," 28 Apr. 2017 Most protesters stood around and continued to chant to the beat of snare drums. oregonlive, "Portland police respond to Saturday night demonstration with blockade, force, riot declaration: Key takeaways," 23 Aug. 2020 Protesters often chant a four-point list of demands at the late-night gatherings, which started in late May after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Federal, local police respond to overnight Portland protest Friday, 1st demonstration in days," 19 Sep. 2020 Protesters can chant and yell, which produce the respiratory droplets that spread the virus. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "I Can't Breathe: Braving Tear Gas In a Pandemic," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Months later, Madden now understands the meaning behind the Firefighter’s chant. Pearse Anderson, Wired, "Fans Are Rallying Around Blaseball, America’s Favorite Splort," 16 Mar. 2021 Until the end, when a chant that likely wasn't on the cheer card commenced. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Could another lethargic ACC loss spell end for Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey?," 4 Mar. 2021 The school dismissed former coach Nathaniel Jones and two assistant coaches after a social media video showed players being led in a pregame chant that included a racial slur. Chris Dabe,, "Sophie B. Wright hires Kenneth Dorsey Jr. as next football coach; previously held interim position at St. Aug," 22 Jan. 2021 Before races, the boys and girls teams each do their own chant dedicated to the coach. Chris Dabe,, "‘Running with him’: Newman runners keep late coach Randy Zell in mind with state championships near," 11 Nov. 2020 The naughty chant refers to the famous case of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was accused of murdering her father Andrew Borden and her step-mother Abby. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "This famous murderer's home has just been sold," 24 Jan. 2021 Derrick Evans of West Virginia, who just two months before had been elected as a Republican state delegate, wandered the halls of the Capitol Building, filming himself and joining in the occasional chant. New York Times, "‘Our President Wants Us Here’: The Mob That Stormed the Capitol," 10 Jan. 2021 The chant rang out on Utah streets in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah in 2020: With COVID, an earthquake, winds and fires, it was a year many may like to forget — but never will," 28 Dec. 2020 And now, once again, there's mostly just hope for next year and not just for the team on the field, but a chance to get together, celebrate, lament and shake the joint with the thundering Skol chant. Star Tribune, "Minnesota Vikings season ends as it began with a limpid loss in a cavernous stadium without fans," 20 Dec. 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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15 Mar 2021

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“Chant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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