noun Now Literary.
- a rooster: used as a proper name in medieval fables.
- a name for a cock, used esp in fables
“a cock,” c.1300, from Old French Chantecler “sing-loud” (Modern French Chanteclair), name of the cock in medieval stories of Reynard the Fox; from chanter “to sing” (see chant (v.)) + cler (see clear (adj.)).