- The definition of a chant is a song, melody or something repeated over and over again.
An example of a chant is a simple church hymn.
- Chant is defined as to sing or to say something over and over again.
An example of chant is to continuously shout the same cheer at a sporting event.
- a song; melody
- a simple liturgical song in which a string of syllables or words is sung to each tone
- words, as of a canticle or psalm, to be sung in this way
- a monotonous tone of voice; singsong mode of speaking
- a phrase, slogan, or other words that are repeated over and over: the chant of the crowd at the stadium
Origin of chantFrench from Classical Latin cantus, song from the verb
- to sing a chant; intone
- to say something monotonously or repetitiously
- Old Poet. to sing; warble
Origin of chantME chanten < OFr chanter, canter < L cantare, freq. of canere, to sing < IE base *kan-, to sing, sound > hen, Gr kanach?, sound, noise, Bret cana, sing, Ger hahn
- to utter, sing, or recite in the manner of a chant
- Old Poet. to sing or to celebrate in song
- a. A series of syllables or words that are sung on or intoned to the same note or a limited range of notes.b. A canticle or prayer sung or intoned in this manner.
- A monotonous rhythmic call or shout, as of a slogan: the chant of the crowd at the rally.
verbchant·ed, chant·ing, chants
- To sing or intone to a chant: chant a prayer.
- To celebrate in song: chanting a hero's deeds.
- To say in the manner of a chant: chanted defiant slogans.
- To sing, especially in the manner of a chant: chanted while a friend jumped rope.
- To speak monotonously.
Origin of chantProbably from French song from Old French from Latin cantus from past participle of canere to sing V., from Middle English chaunten to sing from Old French chanter from Latin cantāre frequentative of canere ; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chants, present participle chanting, simple past and past participle chanted)