chan·​son shän-ˈsȯn How to pronounce chanson (audio)
shäⁿ-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce chanson (audio)
plural chansons
shäⁿ-ˈsōⁿ(z) How to pronounce chanson (audio)
: song
specifically : a music-hall or cabaret song

Examples of chanson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mélusine is half French chanson/half idiosyncratic art song, which in its course reveals its own soaring majesty. Spin Staff, SPIN, 5 June 2023 The opening reminds me of the essential French genre the chanson, which people associate with someone like Edith Piaf. Charlie Harding, Vulture, 5 May 2023 Mélusine, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s new album (released on March 24th), is half-French chanson/half-idiosyncratic art song that, when taken as a whole, reveals itself to be a creature of soaring majesty as well. Steve Hochman, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2023 The two released the 1985 album Our Garden Needs Its Flowers, a sublime collection of acoustic folk music with shades of African pop and French chanson. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2023 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 See More

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Word History


French, from Latin cantion-, cantio, from canere

First Known Use

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chanson was circa 1513

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“Chanson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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