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chansonnier

[shahn-suh n-yey; French shahn-saw-nyey]
noun, plural chan·son·niers [shahn-suh n-yeyz; French shahn-saw-nyey] /ˌʃɑn sənˈyeɪz; French ʃɑ̃ sɔˈnyeɪ/.
  1. a singer or writer of chansons, especially a cabaret performer who specializes in songs that are a combination of melody and rapid spoken patter.
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Origin of chansonnier

From French, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at chanson, -ier2
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  • If there is one thing that Mr. Whitman is not, it is this, for Branger was a chansonnier.

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