Definition of chantefable in US English:


(also chantfable)


  • 1A medieval French ballad, consisting of parts of spoken prose alternating with parts of sung verse; this type of ballad as a literary genre.

  • 2Any text, work, or performance consisting partly of prose and partly of (sung or recited) verse.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Contemporary Review. From French chantefable from chanter to sing + fable, as modernizing alteration of Old French cantefable cantefable.