[ shan-suh n; French shahn-sawn ]
/ ˈʃæn sən; French ʃɑ̃ˈsɔ̃ /

noun, plural chan·sons [shan-suh nz; French shahn-sawn] /ˈʃæn sənz; French ʃɑ̃ˈsɔ̃/.

any of several types of song with French lyrics, occurring from the Middle Ages to the present in a variety of musical styles.

Nearby words

  1. channing,
  2. channing, edward,
  3. channing, william ellery,
  4. chanoyo,
  5. chanoyu,
  6. chanson d'amour,
  7. chanson de geste,
  8. chanson de roland,
  9. chansonette,
  10. chansonnier

Origin of chanson

1595–1605; < French < Latin cantiōn- (stem of cantiō) song; see canzone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper