Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person, such as a chorister, who chants.
  • noun The pipe of a bagpipe on which the melody is played.
  • noun A priest who sings in a chantry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who chants; a singer, minstrel, or songster.
  • noun The chief singer or priest of a chantry; a cantor.
  • noun One who chants, sings, or sounds the praise of anything, especially with the design to deceive: as, a horse-chanter (a fraudulent horse-dealer at country fairs).
  • noun A street-vender of ballads or other broad-sides, who sings or bawls the contents of his papers.
  • noun In bagpipes, the pipe with finger-holes on which the melody is played.
  • noun The hedge-sparrow, Accentor modularis.
  • To mutter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who chants; a singer or songster.
  • noun The chief singer of the chantry.
  • noun The flute or finger pipe in a bagpipe. See Bagpipe.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The hedge sparrow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who chants or sings
  • noun A priest who sings in a chantry
  • noun The pipe of a bagpipe on which the melody is played
  • noun The hedge sparrow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to chant + -er. Compare French chanteur.

Examples

  • She's also been outfitted with new green and gold silk cords, a new kangaroo skin bag (hidden by her new raiment), Wygent duotone drone reeds and an old Hardie chanter from the '70s or possibly even the' 60s, which sound at a lower, and in my opinion, richer tone than the modern higher pitched chanters.

    ". . .not even Solomon in all his glory. . . ."

  • She's also been outfitted with new green and gold silk cords, a new kangaroo skin bag (hidden by her new raiment), Wygent duotone drone reeds and an old Hardie chanter from the '70s or possibly even the' 60s, which sound at a lower, and in my opinion, richer tone than the modern higher pitched chanters.

    27 July -- Bl Titus Brandsma, O. Carm.

  • I got a chanter from a Chinese pedlar in the street in the morning -- heard the unmistakeable reedy notes coming along the street as I did business in the the cool office of

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • The instrument which he used, or at least that part of it called the chanter, is preserved in the family of a Highland chief to this day, and is much honoured under the name of the federan dhu, or, "black chanter."'

    The Fair Maid of Perth St. Valentine's Day

  • The instrument which he used, or at least that part of it called the chanter, is preserved in the family of a Highland chief to this day, and is much honoured under the name of the federan dhu, or, “black chanter.”’

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Mr. MOLONEY: Well you know if you are playing the chanter, which is the melody instrument here, the open would be ...

    The Chieftains, Ambassadors of Celtic Folk

  • Rothschild, made in the form of a bagpipe; the bag holds wine, and is supported on human feet; arms emerge from the sides and play on the chanter, which is elongated from the nose of a grotesque face, the hair

    Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places Being Papers on Art, in Relation to Archaeology, Painting, Art-Decoration, and Art-Manufacture

  • Mr. Pye was what was called "chanter" to the cathedral, which meant that it was he who had the privilege of selecting the music for the chants and other portions of the service, when the dean did not do so himself.

    The Channings

  • A "chanter" is the drone of a bagpipe, and a good supply of wind is required to fill it.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • The songs were originally sung by the crews of ships while they worked on deck and the term comes from the French verb 'chanter' (to sing).

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