Definition of chanter in English:


Syllabification: chant·er
Pronunciation: /ˈCHantər


  • 1A person who chants something.
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    • 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.
  • 2 Music The pipe of a bagpipe with finger holes, on which the melody is played.
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    • 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.


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

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