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torch song


Simple Definition of torch song

  • : a very sad or sentimental song about love and romance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of torch song

  1. :  a popular sentimental song of unrequited love

Origin and Etymology of torch song

from the phrase to carry a torch for (to be in love)

First Known Use: 1930

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