- any of several types of song with French lyrics, occurring from the Middle Ages to the present in a variety of musical styles.
Origin of chanson
Examples from the Web for chanson
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.Samuel Brohl & Company
William Short Nose is also from the chanson de geste of that hero.The Book of Romance
One judges of this from a chanson which has come down through centuries.Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy
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.)).