- an endowment to pay for Masses and prayers for the soul of a specified person, often the endower: an earlier term
- a chapel or altar endowed, esp. in the Middle Ages, for this
Origin of chantryMiddle English chanterie ; from OFr: see chant
nounpl. chan·tries Ecclesiastical
- An endowment to cover expenses for the saying of masses and prayers, usually for the soul of the founder of the endowment.
- An altar or chapel endowed for the saying of such masses and prayers.
Origin of chantryMiddle English chanterie, from Old French, from chanter, to sing; see chant.