[ sawng-ster, song- ]
/ ˈsɔŋ stər, ˈsɒŋ- /


a person who sings; a singer.
a writer of songs or poems; a poet.
a songbird.

Origin of songster

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sangestre songstress. See song, -ster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for songster


/ (ˈsɒŋstə) /


a singer or poet
a singing bird; songbird
Derived Formssongstress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for songster



Old English sangystre "female singer;" see song (n.) + -ster. Also of men skilled in singing by mid-14c. Separate fem. form songstress is attested from 1703.

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