[shan-toos; French shahn-tœz]
- a female singer, especially one who sings in nightclubs and cabarets.
Origin of chanteuse
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Examples from the Web for chanteuse
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- a female singer, esp in a nightclub or cabaret
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Word Origin and History for chanteuse
"female singer of popular songs," 1888, from French chanteuse (16c.), fem. agent noun of chanter "to sing" (see chant (v.)). In Old French, the word was chanteresse.
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