So, it came as a major surprise when the Icelandic chanteuse unleashed a wild attack on a reporter back in 1996.
Lorde, the 17-year-old New Zealand chanteuse, can apparently do no wrong.
"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.