chant etymology

English word chant comes from Proto-Indo-European *kana-, Latin canere, Latin -or, Proto-Indo-European *keh₂n-, Vulgar Latin *cantō, and later Proto-Italic *kanō (To sing.)

Detailed word origin of chant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kana- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
canere Latin (lat)
-or Latin (lat) Used to form a third-declension masculine abstract noun from a verb root or conceived root form.
*keh₂n- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*cantō Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*kanō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To sing.
cantus Latin (lat) Song, chant, singing, incantation.
cano Latin (lat) (intransitive) I chant.. (intransitive) I sing, make music.. (intransitive) I sound, play.. (intransitive, of a musical instrument) I sound, resound, play.. (intransitive, of owls) I hoot.. (transitive) I foretell, predict, prophesy.. (transitive) I sing, recite, play.. (transitive) I sound, play, blow (a trumpet), especially a military call.
chanter Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To pray (to God). To retell, to recount. To sing.
chant English (eng) (music) A short and simple melody, divided into two parts by double bars, to which unmetrical psalms, etc., are sung or recited. It is the most ancient form of choral music.. A repetitive song, typically an incantation or part of a ritual.. Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone.. Type of singing done generally without instruments and harmony. To sing or intone sacred text.. To sing, [...]

Words with the same origin as chant

Descendants of *kana-
accent cant charm charming enchanted enchanting hen
Descendants of canere
Descendants of -or
chauffeur create creator grandeur horror terror