Chant v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Chanting.]
1. To utter with a melodious voice; to sing.
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.
Chant, v. i.
1. To make melody with the voice; to sing. “Chant to the sound of the viol.”
2. Mus. To sing, as in reciting a chant.
To chant horses or To chaunt horses, to sing their praise; to overpraise; to cheat in selling. See Chaunter.
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. [R.]
His strange face, his strange chant. --Macaulay.
Ambrosian chant, See under Ambrosian. Chant royal
Gregorian chant. See under Gregorian.
n : a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary
are assigned to a single tone
v 1: recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a
psalm; "The rabbi chanted a prayer" [syn: intone, intonate,
2: utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The
students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
[syn: tone, intone]