[ shahn-suh n-yey; French shahn-saw-nyey ]
/ ˌʃɑn sənˈyeɪ; French ʃɑ̃ sɔˈnyeɪ /

noun, plural chan·son·niers [shahn-suh n-yeyz; French shahn-saw-nyey] /ˌʃɑn sənˈyeɪz; French ʃɑ̃ sɔˈnyeɪ/.

a singer or writer of chansons, especially a cabaret performer who specializes in songs that are a combination of melody and rapid spoken patter.

Origin of chansonnier

From French, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at chanson, -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chansonnier

  • If there is one thing that Mr. Whitman is not, it is this, for Branger was a chansonnier.

    Views and Reviews|Henry James