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[shan-toos; French shahn-tœz]
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noun, plural chan·teuses [shan-too-siz; French shahn-tœz] /ʃænˈtu sɪz; French ʃɑ̃ˈtœz/.
  1. a female singer, especially one who sings in nightclubs and cabarets.
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Origin of chanteuse

1885–90; < French, feminine of chanteur; see -euse
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Related Words for chanteuse

artist, musician, voice, diva, soloist, crooner, vocalist, troubadour, songbird, songster, minstrel, artiste, warbler, chorister, accompanist, chanter, nightingale, chanteuse, intoner, melodist

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British Dictionary definitions for chanteuse


  1. a female singer, esp in a nightclub or cabaret
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Word Origin for chanteuse

French: singer
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Word Origin and History for chanteuse


"female singer of popular songs," 1888, from French chanteuse (16c.), fem. agent noun of chanter "to sing" (see chant (v.)). In Old French, the word was chanteresse.

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