chan·​son | \ shäⁿ-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce chanson (audio) \
plural chansons\ shäⁿ-​ˈsōⁿ(z) How to pronounce chansons (audio) \

Definition of chanson

: song specifically : a music-hall or cabaret song

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Solidor’s songbook drew from the then-popular genre of tragic seafaring chansons. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: Savoring ‘One Night’ With a Hedonist Extraordinaire," 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, "Madame Monsieur's 'Mercy': How a Newborn Refugee Inspired France's Eurovision Song Entry," 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, "Jane Birkin on Love, Life and Serge Gainsbourg’s Classical Roots," 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, "Snarky Puppy breaks the rules at first night of SFJazz residency," 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, "Johnny Hallyday Dead: Musicians React," 5 Dec. 2017 But the bill of fare at the Steep Theatre this summer is neither chansons nor Lotte Lenya, not Sally Bowles nor even gypsy punk. Chris Jones,, "Lighter moments are the hardest in devastating 'Lela & Co.'," 21 July 2017 The effervescent group gracefully glides through numerous styles, including tango, samba, salsa, cha-cha, swing, chanson, Balkanica and even reggae. Paul Freeman, The Mercury News, "Dodo Orchestra saves the lives of endangered music," 14 May 2017 A sequence of fourteen of Compère’s spirited chansons and more sombre sacred settings is contrasted with a pair of entries from his more famous peer Josquin and his predecessor Dufay. The New Yorker, "Orlando Consort: “Rediscovering Compère”," 25 Mar. 2017

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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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