from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic Variant of chant.
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- n. Obsolete spelling of chant.
- v. Obsolete spelling of chant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See chant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See chant.
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It is a charming picture, and one would like to know more about that "chaunt," that "wild melody."
"I let you 'chaunt', as you call it, to keep you from swearing."
That chapel, once a religious sanctuary, when the choral hymn ascended in solemn chaunt to the pealing strains of the organ, with fervent devotion, was now degraded into
First then for thee we sisters must chaunt our dirge, and then for Achilles when
The Religious getting up at that Hour, going through the Cloyster to their Church, to chaunt Mattins, they found this young Gentlewoman sprawling in the midst of the Cloyster, almost dead with the Fall: They took her up, and put her into a warm Bed, let her blood, and apply'd all other
So she struck the strings and began to chaunt these lines,
The birds warbled on the boughs with tones far sweeter than chaunt of Koran and their notes would console a lover whom longings unman.
Mr. Bucket receives the harmonious impeachment so modestly, confessing how that he did once chaunt a little, for the expression of the feelings of his own bosom, and with no presumptuous idea of entertaining his friends, that he is asked to sing.
It has a ghostly sound too, lingering within the altar; where it seems to chaunt, in its wild way, of Wrong and Murder done, and false Gods worshipped, in defiance of the Tables of the Law, which look so fair and smooth, but are so flawed and broken.
The man was never brought down, however, nor the ladder; for it performed the strangest antics in the world among the crowd — where it was carried by the man, when the candles were all lighted; and finally it was stuck up against the gallery wall, in a very disorderly manner, just before the opening of the other chapel, and the commencement of a new chaunt, announced the approach of his Holiness.