Definition of chantry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɑːntri/

noun (plural chantries)

1An endowment founded for a priest or priests to celebrate masses for the soul of the founder.
Example sentences
  • The leaders of society endowed chantry priests, who were permanently employed to say a daily mass for the soul of the chantry founder and his or her relations.
  • Well-endowed chantries were able to employ specific chantry priests, and to provide a chantry chapel, whether free standing or by screening off a section of a church aisle, where their duties could be performed.
  • Gilds were connected with the impulse to found chantries to send up soul-prayers in the mass, the highest form of approach to God.
1.1A chapel, altar, or other part of a church endowed by a chantry.
Example sentences
  • Large churches might have several chantries, cathedrals up to two dozen.
  • The village is named after St Wrw, whose remains are said to be buried in the chantry chapel in the churchyard.
  • They too had social selves, identities which ranged far outside church or chantry.


Late Middle English: from Old French chanterie, from chanter 'to sing'.

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