A chant is a type of song with a repetitive, monotonous structure. It’s also something sports fans love to do. At the Olympics, some Americans chant, “USA! USA! USA!”

In addition to being something fans like to yell together, a chant is a traditional form in a lot of religious music. There are Catholic chants, Hindu chants, Jewish chants, and the list goes on. Because of this type of music, “to chant” means “to repeat something in a monotone or repetitive way.” Chants have no harmony or instruments, only a simple rhythm and a lot of repetition.

Definitions of chant
  1. noun
    a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
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    (Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
    Hare Krishna
    a chant to the Hindu god Krishna
    Gregorian chant, plainchant, plainsong
    a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church
    cantus firmus
    a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition
    type of:
    religious song
    religious music for singing
  2. verb
    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    “The students chanted the same slogan over and over again”
    synonyms: intone, tone
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
    “The rabbi chanted a prayer”
    synonyms: cantillate, intonate, intone
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    speak, chant, or declaim in a singsong
    type of:
    produce tones with the voice
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