torch song

a popular song concerned with unhappiness or failure in love.

1925–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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torch song
a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman
[C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone)]
torch singer

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Example sentences
The songs in the musical and the movie-jazz, ragtime, the torch song-were sung directly to the audience.
Perhaps that's why she can break your heart with a torch song one moment and inspire tears of laughter with bawdy blues the next.
It all has the makings of a torch song that comes to tears in the end.
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