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[shan-toos; French shahn-tœz] /ʃænˈtus; French ʃɑ̃ˈtœz/
noun, plural chanteuses
[shan-too-siz; French shahn-tœz] /ʃænˈtu sɪz; French ʃɑ̃ˈtœz/ (Show IPA)
a female singer, especially one who sings in nightclubs and cabarets.
Origin of chanteuse
1885-90; < French, feminine of chanteur; see -euse Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chanteuse
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for chanteuse


/French ʃɑ̃tøz/
a female singer, esp in a nightclub or cabaret
Word Origin
French: singer
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Word Origin and History for chanteuse

"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.

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