Chant

Definition of Chant

v. t.1.To utter with a melodious voice; to sing.
[imp. & p. p. Chanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Chanting.]
The cheerful birds . . . do chant sweet music.
- Spenser.
2.To celebrate in song.
The poets chant in the theaters.
- Bramhall.
3.(Mus.) To sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or to a tune called a chant.
v. i.1.To make melody with the voice; to sing.
2.(Mus.) To sing, as in reciting a chant.
To chant horses
to sing their praise; to overpraise; to cheat in selling. See Chaunter.
- Thackeray.
n.1.Song; melody.
2.(Mus.) 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.
His strange face, his strange chant.
- Macaulay.
Ambrosian chant
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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