Chant

Chant

, n. [F. chant, fr. L. cantus singing, song, fr. canere to sing. See Chant, v. t.] 1. Song; melody.
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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.
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3. A psalm, etc., arranged for chanting.
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4. Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone. [R.]
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His strange face, his strange chant.
Macaulay.
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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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Chan`tant"

(?), a. [F. singing.] (Mus.) Composed in a melodious and singing style.
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