• (British) IPA: /tʃɑːnt/, /tʃænt/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃænt/

chant (chants, present participle chanting; past and past participle chanted)

  1. To sing, especially without instruments, and as applied to monophonic and pre-modern music.
    • The cheerful birds […] do chant sweet music.
  2. To sing or intone sacred text.
  3. To utter or repeat in a strongly rhythmical manner, especially as a group.
    The football fans chanted insults at the referee.
    • 2009, Leo J. Daugherty III, The Marine Corps and the State Department, p 116
      On their way to Parliament Square, the demonstrators chanted slogans, sang the Hungarian national anthem, and waved banners and Hungarian flags (minus the hated Communist emblem).
  4. (transitive, archaic) To sell horses fraudulently, exaggerating their merits.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: скандировать

chant (plural chants)

  1. Type of singing done generally without instruments and harmony.
  2. (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.
  3. Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 17, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  4. A repetitive song, typically an incantation or part of a ritual.
  • Russian: песнопе́ние
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