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  1. a person who sings, especially a trained or professional vocalist.
  2. a poet.
  3. a singing bird.
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Origin of singer1

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at sing, -er1


  1. a person or thing that singes.
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Origin of singer2

First recorded in 1870–75; singe + -er1


  1. Isaac Ba·shev·is [bah-shev-is] /bɑˈʃɛv ɪs/, 1904–91, U.S. novelist and short-story writer (in Yiddish), born in Poland: Nobel prize 1978.
  2. Isaac Mer·rit [mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1811–75, U.S. inventor.
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  • I see myself a singer of simple songs, a laureate of the under-dog.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • But why did you never tell me your sister was such an awful swell of a singer?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It was no wonder, especially when he saw who the singer was, that he should lose his temper.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It is not every singer that could keep Time with his voice and instrument, for a whole evening.

    Time's Portraiture

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • If the singer isn't celebrated, just say that she shows promise of development!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for singer


  1. a person who sings, esp one who earns a living by singing
  2. a singing bird
  3. an obsolete word for poet
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  1. Isaac Bashevis. 1904–91, US writer of Yiddish novels and short stories; born in Poland. His works include Satan in Goray (1935), The Family Moscat (1950), the autobiographical In my Father's Court (1966), and The King of the Fields (1989): Nobel prize for literature 1978
  2. Isaac Merrit. 1811–75, US inventor, who originated and developed an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1852)
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Word Origin and History for singer


early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from sing (v.). Old English had songer "psalm-writer," sangere "singer, poet" (also cf. songster).

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