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café chantant

[kaf-ey shahn-tahn, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey shahn-tahn] /ˈkæf eɪ ʃɑnˈtɑ̃, kæˈfeɪ, kə-; French ka feɪ ʃɑ̃ˈtɑ̃/
noun, plural cafés chantants
[kaf-ey shahn-tahnz, ka-fey, kuh-; French ka-fey shahn-tahn] /ˈkæf eɪ ʃɑnˈtɑ̃z, kæˈfeɪ, kə-; French ka feɪ ʃɑ̃ˈtɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
an intimate cabaret offering sophisticated musical entertainment.
Origin of café chantant
1850-55; < French: literally, musical café, café where concerts are held Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In spite of my singing in a cafe chantant I shall keep my self-respect.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The thing's written like a cafe chantant skit, not a political satire.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • Before a curtain, over which the words cafe chantant were written in coloured lamps, two men were counting money on a salver.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • A band was playing in a cafe chantant hidden somewhere among the trees, and a woman had just stopped singing.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
  • Sprightly notes from the song of a cafe chantant hovered on his thin, dry lips.

  • On the first floor of a building on the Rue Montpensier, close at hand, was a cafe chantant, where many people entered.

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