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torch song

a popular song concerned with unhappiness or failure in love.
Origin of torch song
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for torch song

torch song

a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman
Derived Forms
torch singer, noun
Word Origin
C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone)
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torch song

noun phrase

A popular song bemoaning one's unrequited love: If it is unrequited, the song is a torch song (1927+)

Related Terms

carry the torch

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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