chanticleer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

an illustration from the tale of Chanticleer and the Fox
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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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɑːntɪˌklɪə/, enPR: chänʹtĭklĭr'
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈ(t)ʃæntəˌklɪɹ/, enPR: chănʹtəklĭr', shănʹtəklĭr'
  • Hyphenation: chan‧ti‧cleer

Noun[edit]

chanticleer (plural chanticleers)

  1. (now rare, literary) A domestic rooster or cock, especially in fables and fairy tales.

Verb[edit]

chanticleer (third-person singular simple present chanticleers, present participle chanticleering, simple past and past participle chanticleered)

  1. To make the crowing sound of a cock.
  2. To crow in exultation.

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