chan·​son·​nier ˌshäⁿ-sō-ˈnyā How to pronounce chansonnier (audio)
: a writer or singer of chansons
especially : a cabaret singer

Examples of chansonnier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ziggy Stardust is on the top of the list and French chansonnier, Serge Gainsbourg, and Iggy Pop, and man, so many interesting and diverse artists that don’t define themselves by their sexuality. Vlada Gelman, TVLine, 28 June 2024 No less instrumental in Minnelli’s development was French chansonnier Charles Aznavour, who taught her how to act a song, making every lyric come from the heart. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


French, from chanson

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chansonnier was in 1822

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“Chansonnier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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