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CHANT, v.t.

1. To sing; to utter a melodious voice; that is, to cant or throw the voice in modulations.

The cheerful birds do chant sweet music.

2. To celebrate in song; as, to chant the praises of Jehovah.

3. To sing, as in church-service; to repeat words in a kind of canting voice, with modulations.



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CHANT, v.t.

1. To sing; to utter a melodious voice; that is, to cant or throw the voice in modulations.

The cheerful birds do chant sweet music.

2. To celebrate in song; as, to chant the praises of Jehovah.

3. To sing, as in church-service; to repeat words in a kind of canting voice, with modulations.

CHANT, n.

Song; melody; church-service.


CHANT, v.i.

  1. To sing; to make melody with the voice. They chant to the sound of the viol. – Amos vi.
  2. To repeat words in the church service with a kind of singing.

CHANT, v.t. [Fr. chanter; L. canto, cantus; W. açanu; Arm. cana, cannein; It. cantare; Sp. and Port. cantar; L. cano. See Cant.]

  1. To sing; to utter a melodious voice; that is, to cant or throw the voice in modulations. The cheerful birds do chant sweet music. – Spenser.
  2. To celebrate in song; as, to chant the praises of Jehovah.
  3. To sing, as in church service; to repeat words in a kind of canting voice or talking style, between air and recitative.

Chant
  1. To utter with a melodious voice] to sing.

    The cheerful birds . . . do chant sweet music.
    Spenser.

  2. To make melody with the voice; to sing.

    "Chant to the sound of the viol." Amos vi. 5.
  3. Song; melody.
  4. To celebrate in song.

    The poets chant in the theaters.
    Bramhall.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. To sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or to a tune called a chant.
  8. A psalm, etc., arranged for chanting.
  9. 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 refrain. -- Gregorian chant. See under Gregorian.

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Chant

CHANT, verb transitive

1. To sing; to utter a melodious voice; that is, to cant or throw the voice in modulations.

The cheerful birds do chant sweet music.

2. To celebrate in song; as, to chant the praises of Jehovah.

3. To sing, as in church-service; to repeat words in a kind of canting voice, with modulations.

CHANT, verb intransitive

1. To sing; to make melody with the voice.

They chant to the sound of the viol. Amos 6:5.

2. To repeat words in the church-service with a kind of singing.

CHANT, noun Song; melody; church-service.

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