chan·​son | \ shän-ˈsȯn How to pronounce chanson (audio) , -ˈsän, shäⁿ-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce chanson (audio) \
plural chansons\ shän-​ˈsȯnz , -​ˈsänz , shäⁿ-​ˈsōⁿ(z) How to pronounce chanson (audio) \

Definition of chanson

: song specifically : a music-hall or cabaret song

Examples of chanson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meow Meow has performed around the world and is particularly known for her interpretations of the Weimar repertoire and French chanson. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2022 Her song dusts off the French chanson, recalling singers like Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Écoutez dès maintenant les 3 nouvelles chansons de Céline : Imperfections, Lying Down et Courage. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 18 Sep. 2019 Solidor’s songbook drew from the then-popular genre of tragic seafaring chansons. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 13 June 2018 Avec @apuglia nous avons retrouvé #Mercy née sur #Aquarius @SOSMedFrance l'an dernier et qui a inspiré la chanson de @MadameMonsieur qui representera la #France à @Eurovision. William Lee Adams, Billboard, 26 Apr. 2018 The idea of taking the songs — which are so rooted in different styles, from pop to chanson to yé-yé to reggae — and making them orchestral sounds counterintuitive. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2018 Signed to Snarky Puppy’s independent label of the same name, GroundUP Music, the charismatic singer led them through a lively set highlighted by Brazilian samba, French chanson and Greek folk tunes — all in less than 30 minutes. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2018 Le voici au panthéon de la chanson où il rejoint les légendes du rock et du blues qu'il aimait tant. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 5 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of chanson

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chanson

French, from Latin cantion-, cantio, from canere

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“Chanson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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