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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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In one place the peasants presented him with bread and salt and an icon of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, asking permission, as a mark of their gratitude for the benefits he had conferred on them, to build a new chantry to the church at their own expense in honor of Peter and Paul, his patron saints.
What Pierre did not know was that the place where they presented him with bread and salt and wished to build a chantry in honor of Peter and Paul was a market village where a fair was held on St.
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Down the centuries the Chantry building - originally a base for the priest to say Mass - has had many uses and it now houses the town's Tourist Information Centre, Northumbrian Craft Centre and Bagpipe Museum.
The press is installed at the groups Chantry site which mainly produces magazines, newspaper supplements, catalogues and brochures for the publication and retail markets.
This year there's also a 'battle of the bakes', with the Morpeth Scone competition taking place in the town's Chantry.
Tours of the chantry chapel will be led for one day only by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, on the eve of the anniversary.
At this low ebb, Wallace encounters talented animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall).
Lovelorn Wallace (Radcliffe) meets pretty animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) with whom he immediately shares a winning comic chemistry.
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An April 2009 conference at Oxford explored chantries and chantry chapels as vehicles of religious, social, and architectural expression.
However, her habit of leaving research questions in the text--such as: 'So how were the chantry chaplains actually chosen?