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songster

[sawng-ster, song-]
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noun
  1. a person who sings; a singer.
  2. a writer of songs or poems; a poet.
  3. a songbird.

Origin of songster

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sangestre songstress. See song, -ster
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Examples from the Web for songster

Historical Examples

  • The songster you're listenin' to now is just a whip-poor-will.

    Kiddie the Scout

    Robert Leighton

  • This truly admirable bird is a songster of no mean capacity.

  • But the Blue-Bird does not equal the Redbreast as a songster.

  • Unfortunately the Gray Wagtail can claim but low rank as a songster.

  • Were its notes only louder the bird would be in the first rank as a songster.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar


British Dictionary definitions for songster

songster

noun
  1. a singer or poet
  2. a singing bird; songbird
Derived Formssongstress, fem n
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for songster

n.

Old English sangystre "female singer;" see song (n.) + -ster. Also of men skilled in singing by mid-14c. Separate fem. form songstress is attested from 1703.

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