Middle English Chauntecleer, from Old French Chantecler (modern Chanteclair), the proper name of the cock in the literary cycle of Reynard the Fox, that also gave origin to chantecler, the name of a chicken breed; from chanter (“to sing, to crow”) + cler (“clear, clearly”).
Attested in English since 1250–1300.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɑːntɪˌklɪə/, enPR: chänʹtĭklĭr'
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈ(t)ʃæntəˌklɪɹ/, enPR: chănʹtəklĭr', shănʹtəklĭr'
- Hyphenation: chan‧ti‧cleer
chanticleer (plural chanticleers)
- (now rare, literary) A domestic rooster or cock, especially in fables and fairy tales.