chanteuse

[shan-toos; French shahn-tœz]
noun, plural chanteuses [shan-too-siz; French shahn-tœz] .
a female singer, especially one who sings in nightclubs and cabarets.

Origin:
1885–90; < French, feminine of chanteur; see -euse

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chanteuse (French ʃɑ̃tøz)
 
n
a female singer, esp in a nightclub or cabaret
 
[French: singer]

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chanteuse
"female singer of popular songs," 1888, from Fr. chanteuse, from fem. agent noun of chanter "to sing" (see chant).
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Example sentences
Half beat poet and half cabaret chanteuse, she had metamorphosed into a testifying prophet of hypnotic power.
The first act was an incredibly talented and versatile chanteuse.
Now she's a wispy-voiced chanteuse, the current soundtrack of choice at cafes, wine bars and boutiques.
First he gets romantically involved with the chanteuse at a local nightclub.
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