a short, simple melody, especially one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned, used in singing psalms, canticles, etc., in church services. a psalm, canticle, or the like, chanted or for chanting. the singing or intoning of all or portions of a liturgical service. any monotonous song. a song; […]
(in medieval French literature) a prose narrative interspersed with verse.