Definition of chanter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈCHan(t)ər/ /ˈtʃæn(t)ər/


  • 1A person who chants something.

    ‘But the chanters wear pinstripes and not patchouli oil.’
    • ‘At about the same time, police riding horses through the crowd stopped being effective at keeping the crowd moving and dispersing the jumping chanters.’
    • ‘Ignoring for now the slogan chanters and political partisans, there are a few key points to keep in mind.’
    • ‘The other players gravitated towards us because Jimmy was such a great chanter and a great comic.’
    • ‘I could be biased, since Ursula was plying me with Guinness as well as song, but she is a much better chanter than any of the young ladies performing at the MTV gig.’
    • ‘Care of local churches is the responsibility of the community of worshipers, and priests are assisted by deacons, chanters, and local women who clean the buildings and bake bread for communion.’
    • ‘And they reported to me that many of the chanters, to this day, who recite these Vedic or Sanskrit hymns, don't know what they're saying!’
    • ‘Other migrants tried to quiet the chanters down.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the pastor who was leading the chanters was evicted.’
    • ‘The Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church trains chanters who are called debtara.’
    • ‘The ‘dance’ involves a huge circle of chanters surrounding a central figure in concentric rows.’
    • ‘They had a clear view of the chanters, now standing and holding hands in a serpentine human chain.’
    • ‘The ground shook more violently, dancers and chanters stopped, not able to go on.’
    • ‘Chanting is nothing more than an expression of gratitude to Amitabha Buddha and an expression of the chanter's faith.’
  • 2Music
    The pipe of a bagpipe with finger holes, on which the melody is played.

    ‘His fingers danced across the holes of the chanter creating the melody.’
    • ‘She began learning to play the pipes when she was thirteen, practising first on the chanter, learning finger movement, arm movement, breathing control and finally marching.’
    • ‘During their first gathering in the band's conference room, the volunteers received instruction books, were measured for uniforms and played their first notes on bagpipe chanters.’
    • ‘After a few weeks of learning the fingering on the chanter, and learning to keep the bag full to generate the sound, though, Cowling figured he was just about ready to try out his two songs onstage.’
    • ‘He's wanted to learn to play the bagpipes forever, but would never have gone out and got his own chanter.’
    whistle, penny whistle, flute, recorder, fife


Late Middle English from Old French chanteor, from Latin cantator, from cantare (see chant).