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singer1

[sing-er]
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noun
  1. a person who sings, especially a trained or professional vocalist.
  2. a poet.
  3. a singing bird.

Origin of singer1

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at sing, -er1

singer2

[sin-jer]
noun
  1. a person or thing that singes.

Origin of singer2

First recorded in 1870–75; singe + -er1
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Examples from the Web for singers

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Historical Examples

  • Handel, in one species of composition, wrote down to the singers of his time.

  • Senesino and Cuzzoni had made life impossible for the other singers.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • The sight of her agitation silenced the singers, and they gazed at her in surprise.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Handel's anthem was performed by 80 singers and 100 instrumentalists.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • The town where I live was settled by the Hutchinson family of singers.


British Dictionary definitions for singers

singer

noun
  1. a person who sings, esp one who earns a living by singing
  2. a singing bird
  3. an obsolete word for poet

Singer

noun
  1. Isaac Bashevis. 1904–91, US writer of Yiddish novels and short stories; born in Poland. His works include Satan in Goray (1935), The Family Moscat (1950), the autobiographical In my Father's Court (1966), and The King of the Fields (1989): Nobel prize for literature 1978
  2. Isaac Merrit. 1811–75, US inventor, who originated and developed an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1852)
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Word Origin and History for singers

singer

n.

early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from sing (v.). Old English had songer "psalm-writer," sangere "singer, poet" (also cf. songster).

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