ETYM Old Fren. chanterie, from chanter to sing.
1. A chapel endowed for singing Masses for the soul of the donor.
2. An endowment for the singing of Masses.
Chapel or altar built for prayers for its benefactor's soul.
Chapel, priest or endowment for singing masses.
In medieval Europe, a religious foundation in which, in return for an endowment of land, the souls of the donor and the donor’s family and friends would be prayed for. A chantry could be held at an existing altar, or in a specially constructed chantry chapel, in which the donor’s body was usually buried.