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[shahn-suh n-yey; French shahn-saw-nyey] /ˌʃɑn sənˈyeɪ; French ʃɑ̃ sɔˈnyeɪ/
noun, plural chansonniers
[shahn-suh n-yeyz; French shahn-saw-nyey] /ˌʃɑn sənˈyeɪz; French ʃɑ̃ sɔˈnyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
a singer or writer of chansons, especially a cabaret performer who specializes in songs that are a combination of melody and rapid spoken patter.
Origin of chansonnier
From French, dating back to 1885-90; See origin at chanson, -ier2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If there is one thing that Mr. Whitman is not, it is this, for Branger was a chansonnier.

    Views and Reviews Henry James

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