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[shan-suh n; French shahn-sawn]
noun, plural chan·sons [shan-suh nz; French shahn-sawn] /ˈʃæn sənz; French ʃɑ̃ˈsɔ̃/.
  1. any of several types of song with French lyrics, occurring from the Middle Ages to the present in a variety of musical styles.
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Origin of chanson

1595–1605; < French < Latin cantiōn- (stem of cantiō) song; see canzone
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Examples from the Web for chanson

Historical Examples

  • That's their chanson, sir—that's the burden of their low vulgar song.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • When I was down in Transylvania I made a chanson about it all, and set it myself to music.

  • William Short Nose is also from the chanson de geste of that hero.

  • One judges of this from a chanson which has come down through centuries.

  • One of the earliest appearances of the word is in the Chanson de Roland.

    British Flags

    W. G. Perrin

Word Origin and History for chanson


c.1600, from French chanson, from Old French chançon "song, epic poem" (12c.), from Latin cantionem (nominative cantio) "song," from past participle stem of canere (see chant (v.)).

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