What is chant?

  • (verb): Recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm.
    Synonyms: intone, intonate, cantillate
    See also — Additional definitions below


Chant (from French chanter) is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases, such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song (forming one of the roots of later Western music).

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CHANT (ship Type) - Last in Service
... The MV Fermont (ex CHANT 49), which ran aground in 1991 was the last EMPIRE F type vessel in commercial service ... CHANT 28, which had been sold to the French Government in 1946 was still in service at Le Havre, France in 1981, her name never having been changed ... The Succes III (ex CHANT 12), in Rotterdam was probably the very last Chant vessel in service in June 2002 ...
CHANT (ship Type) - Design
... The CHANT was developed with experience gained by building the Tug, Inshore and Dock (TID) ... As with the TIDs, CHANTs were built from prefabricated sections which were manufactured at various factories across the United Kingdom ... CHANTs were designed with a flat bottom to enable them to ground on beaches ...
Swiss Ecclesiastical Chant Federation
... The Swiss Ecclesiastical Chant Federation (SECF) (in German Schweizerischer Kirchengesangsbund (SKGB), in French Fédération Suisse du Chant Ecclésiastique (FSCE ...
Traditional Chant in Popular Culture
... Chant is a popular component of film scores, such as The Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Howard Shore, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace by John Williams, Ghost in the Shell by Kenji Kawai, and Man vs ... While authentic traditional chant has occasionally figured into modern popular music in brief intros, interludes or atmospheric background usage, one of ... while their song "Return to Innocence" uses a chant in the Taiwanese Aboriginal language Amis ...
Sudden Sway - Discography - Singles
... Jane's Third Party" (1980) Chant To You, With Regard EP (1981) Chant "The Traffic Tax Scheme" Double single and computer program (1984) Chant Sing Song Eight versions ...

More definitions of "chant":

  • (verb): Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
    Synonyms: tone, intone
  • (noun): A repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone.

Famous quotes containing the word chant:

    Pan’s Syrinx was a girl indeed,
    Though now she’s turned into a reed;
    From that dear reed Pan’s pipe does come,
    A pipe that strikes Apollo dumb;
    Nor flute, nor lute, nor gittern can
    So chant it, as the pipe of Pan;
    John Lyly (1553–1606)

    With the holders holding my hand nearing the call of the bird,
    Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep, for the dead I loved so well,
    For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and
    lands—and this for his dear sake,
    Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul,
    There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)