Definition of chantwell in US English:

chantwell

noun

  • In the Caribbean, especially Trinidad and Tobago: a leading singer; specifically (originally) the leading singer in a call-and-response song, such as a work chant or fighting song; (later) the musical leader of a calypso or carnival band.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Port of Spain Gazette. Probably from French chanterelle.