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n. pl. chan·tries Ecclesiastical
1. An endowment to cover expenses for the saying of masses and prayers, usually for the soul of the founder of the endowment.
2. An altar or chapel endowed for the saying of such masses and prayers.

[Middle English chanterie, from Old French, from chanter, to sing; see chant.]


n, pl -tries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an endowment for the singing of Masses for the soul of the founder or others designated by him or her
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a chapel or altar so endowed
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (as modifier): a chantry priest.
[C14: from Old French chanterie, from chanter to sing; see chant]


(ˈtʃæn tri, ˈtʃɑn-)

n., pl. -tries.
1. an endowment for the singing or saying of mass for the souls of the founders or of persons named by them.
2. a chapel or the like so endowed.
[1300–50; Middle English chanterie < Middle French. See chant, -ery]


 a body of priests who say masses for the dead in a chantry chapel.
Example: chantry of priests, 1775.


A small self-contained chapel, usually inside but sometimes outside a medieval church, financially endowed by the founder so that regular masses could be said for the repose of his or her soul.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chantry - an endowment for the singing of Masses
endowment fund, endowment - the capital that provides income for an institution
2.chantry - a chapel endowed for singing Masses for the soul of the donor
chapel - a place of worship that has its own altar
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The topics include the origins and development of the English "stone-cage" chantry chapel, liturgy and music in the role of the chantry priest, textiles and the medieval chantry, the two chantry chapels of Bishop Edmund Audley at Hereford and Salisbury Cathedrals, and the Jesus Chapel or Islip's Chantry at Westminster Abbey.
For example, in chapter 7 where Thiery discusses the complexity of cultural codes faced by priests, the request in numerous wills for a chantry priest to be of good character and to possess a good reputation and to be honest would have only bolstered the argument of a culture-wide movement toward standards of civility.
The diary of a Valencian chantry priest offers an unusually rich vision of everyday life in the early 1600s.
The school was started by the chapel or chantry priest in 1315 and about half a century later became a grammar school.
The Chantry Certificate later confirms the preference for musical chantry priests, the entries for a number of chantries, for instance those of John Causton and William Cambridge, stating that the chantry priest should be a `good singer'.
Bennett's "John Audelay: Life Records and Heaven's Ladder" might be considered a slight misnomer, since the records of Audelay's life are scant and just barely plural, but the essay opens an issue that will claim varying degrees of attention throughout this collection of essays: how can we reconcile the John Audelay who participated "in a bloody affray in a London church on Easter Sunday 1417" (30) with the John Audelay who was chantry priest at Haughmond Abbey in Shropshire, while compiling and perhaps composing the majority of the texts in MS Douce 302?
24) From 1528 to 1529 choristers were also taught by one the clerks, John Moore, who was subsequently employed at St Martin in the Fields: during a short period in 1533-4 these duties were also performed by Sir Henry Meddow, a chantry priest at St Margaret's and former clerk of the college of St Stephen.