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Meaning of CHANT

Pronunciation:  chant

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
  2. [v]  recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm; "The rabbi chanted a prayer"
  3. [v]  utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

CHANT is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cantillate, intonate, intone
 See Also: Gregorian chant, Hallel, Hare Krishna, mouth, plainchant, plainsong, religious song, sing, singsong, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Chant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chanted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Chanting}.] [F. chanter, fr. L. cantare, intens. of canere
    to sing. Cf. {Cant} affected speaking, and see {Hen}.]
    1. To utter with a melodious voice; to sing.
             The cheerful birds . . . do chant sweet music.
    2. To celebrate in song.
             The poets chant in the theaters.      --Bramhall.
    3. (Mus.) To sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or
       to a tune called a chant.
  2. \Chant\, v. i.
    1. To make melody with the voice; to sing. ``Chant to the
       sound of the viol.'' --Amos vi. 5.
    2. (Mus.) To sing, as in reciting a chant.
    {To chant (or chaunt)} {horses}, to sing their praise; to
       overpraise; to cheat in selling. See {Chaunter}.
  3. \Chant\, n.[F. chant, fr. L. cantus singing, song, fr.
    canere to sing. See {Chant}, v. t.]
    1. Song; melody.
    2. (Mus.) A short and simple melody, divided into two parts
       by double bars, to which unmetrical psalms, etc., are sung
       or recited. It is the most ancient form of choral music.
    3. A psalm, etc., arranged for chanting.
    4. Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone. [R.]
             His strange face, his strange chant.  --Macaulay.
    {Ambrosian chant}, See under {Ambrosian}.
    {Chant royal} [F.], in old French poetry, a poem containing
       five strophes of eleven lines each, and a concluding
       stanza. -- each of these six parts ending with a common
    {Gregorian chant}. See under {Gregorian}.
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