Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
  2. (verb, communication) recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
  3. (verb, communication) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

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Synonyms of Chant

cantillate, intonate, intone, tone

Alternate forms of Chant

Derivations: chant, chanter, chanting

Hyponyms: gregorian chant, plainchant, plainsong, singsong

Hypernyms: mouth, religious song, sing, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Origin of the word Chant

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. chanter, from L. cantare, freq. of canere "sing," from PIE base *kan- "to sing" (cf. Gk. eikanos "cock," O.E. hana "cock," both lit. "bird who sings for sunrise;" O.Ir. caniaid "sings," Welsh canu "sing"). The frequentative quality of the word was no longer felt in L., and by the time Fr. emerged the … more

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