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singer

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[sing-er]
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noun
  1. a person who sings, especially a trained or professional vocalist.
  2. a poet.
  3. a singing bird.
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Origin of singer

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

singer

2
[sin-jer]
noun
  1. a person or thing that singes.
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Origin of singer

2
First recorded in 1870–75; singe + -er1
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Related Words for singers

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

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Contemporary Examples of singers

Historical Examples of singers

  • Handel, in one species of composition, wrote down to the singers of his time.

  • Senesino and Cuzzoni had made life impossible for the other singers.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • Handel's anthem was performed by 80 singers and 100 instrumentalists.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • The sight of her agitation silenced the singers, and they gazed at her in surprise.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The town where I live was settled by the Hutchinson family of singers.


British Dictionary definitions for singers

singer

noun
  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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Singer

noun
  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 singers

singer

n.

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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