CHANT

chant

(noun) a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone

chant, intone, intonate, cantillate

(verb) recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm; “The rabbi chanted a prayer”

tone, chant, intone

(verb) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; “The students chanted the same slogan over and over again”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Verb

chant (third-person singular simple present chants, present participle chanting, simple past and past participle chanted)

To sing, especially without instruments, and as applied to monophonic and pre-modern music.

To sing or intone sacred text.

To utter or repeat in a strongly rhythmical manner, especially as a group.

(transitive, archaic) To sell horses fraudulently, exaggerating their merits.

Noun

chant (plural chants)

Type of singing done generally without instruments and harmony.

(music) 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.

Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone.

A repetitive song, typically an incantation or part of a ritual.

Anagrams

• natch

Source: Wiktionary


Chant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Chanting.] Etym: [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. Spenser.

2. To celebrate in song. The poets chant in the theaters. Bramhall.

3. (Mus.)

Definition: To sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or to a tune called a chant.

Chant, v. i.

1. To make melody with the voice; to sing. "Chant to the sound of the viol." Amos vi. 5.

2. (Mus.)

Definition: To sing, as in reciting a chant. To chant (or chaunt) horses, to sing their praise; to overpraise; to cheat in selling. See Chaunter. Thackeray.

Chant, n.Etym: [F. chant, fr. L. cantus singing, song, fr. canere to sing. See Chant, v. t.]

1. Song; melody.

2. (Mus.)

Definition: 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 Etym: [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 refrain.

– Gregorian chant. See under Gregorian.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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