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[shan-suh n; French shahn-sawn] /ˈʃæn sən; French ʃɑ̃ˈsɔ̃/
noun, plural chansons
[shan-suh nz; French shahn-sawn] /ˈʃæn sənz; French ʃɑ̃ˈsɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
any of several types of song with French lyrics, occurring from the Middle Ages to the present in a variety of musical styles.
Origin of chanson
1595-1605; < French < Latin cantiōn- (stem of cantiō) song; see canzone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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c.1600, from French chanson, from Old French chançon "song, epic poem" (12c.), from Latin cantionem (nominative cantio) "song," from past participle stem of canere (see chant (v.)).

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