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Pronunciation: /ˈʃanti
 
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noun (plural shanties)

  • A small, crudely built shack.
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    • They were replaced by shanties and shacks built of nothing more than clapboard or wattle and daub with dark and threatening alleyways between.
    • Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small-arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members.
    • However, immigrant workers from other African countries often live in shanties that ring these and other cities.
    Synonyms
    shack, hut, cabin, lean-to, shed; hovel; Scottish bothy, shieling, shiel; Canadian tilt; South African hok; in Brazil favela
    North American dated shebang

Origin

early 19th century (originally a North American usage): perhaps from Canadian French chantier 'lumberjack's cabin, logging camp'.

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There are 2 definitions of shanty in English:

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(British also sea shanty; • archaic or US chantey or chanty)

noun (plural shanties)

  • A song with alternating solo and chorus, of a kind originally sung by sailors while performing physical labour together.
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    • At Copley, he also exhibited a continuous 80 slide projection, coupled with an audiotape, showing a nine-person chorus singing sea chanteys with a pianist accompanying them.
    • Sea chanteys (sailors' songs) have been sung throughout the sea-faring Omanis' history.
    • The best moment of this set is the interlude between Scenes 2 and 3 in Act One, with the sound of moonlight on the water, the gentle heaving of the terrifying sea, and sailors below-decks keeping their courage up singing by sea chanteys.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably from French chantez! 'sing!', imperative plural of chanter.

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