Definition of shanty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shanty

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈʃænti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃænti//
     
    (pl. shanties) Poverty and famine, Pieces of music
     
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  1. 1 a small house, built of pieces of wood, metal and cardboard, where very poor people live, especially on the edge of a big city Nearly 20% of the city’s inhabitants live in shanty towns. The whole family lives in a shanty made of wood, mud and tin. See related entries: Poverty and famine
  2. 2 (also sea shanty) (US English chanty, chantey) a song that sailors traditionally used to sing while pulling ropes, etc. See related entries: Pieces of music
  3. Word Origin sense 1 early 19th cent. (originally a North American usage): perhaps from Canadian French chantier ‘lumberjack's cabin, logging camp’. sense 2 mid 19th cent.: probably from French chantez! ‘sing!’, imperative plural of chanter.
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