chan·​teuse | \ shan-ˈtüz How to pronounce chanteuse (audio) , shäⁿ-ˈtərz How to pronounce chanteuse (audio) , -ˈtəz\
plural chanteuses\ shan-​ˈtüz How to pronounce chanteuses (audio) , -​ˈtü-​zəz , -​ˈtərz , -​ˈtəz , -​ˈtər-​zəz , -​ˈtə-​zəz \

Definition of chanteuse

: songstress especially : a woman who is a concert or nightclub singer

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Dressed in a black tulle gown, the iconic chanteuse arrived on the scene in dramatic fashion, with the wind blowing in her out-of-this-world hair. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Diana Ross Shuts Down the Star-Studded Dior Show in Marrakech," 29 Apr. 2019 During her performance, Delevingne snapped pictures of her chanteuse friend with a vintage film camera. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Kendall, Hailey, Cara! Models Galore Came Out to the Opening of Edition Hotels’s Times Square Outpost," 13 Mar. 2019 And then, of course, there is Sally, the nightclub’s chanteuse of the moment, so indelibly portrayed in the 1972 movie by Liza Minnelli. Daryl H. Miller,, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 Dinner came with a side of entertainment from chanteuse Natalie Dessay, who was followed by Angèle and DJ Anja Sugar. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Jewelry Maison Boucheron Reopens its Place Vendôme Boutique With a Sparkling Dinner," 21 Jan. 2019 Among the crowd was a world-famous chanteuse of another genre, Debbie Harry, and several illustrious actors including Blythe Danner, Christine Baranski, and Patricia Clarkson. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Patricia Clarkson, Adrien Brody, and Debbie Harry Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala," 25 Sep. 2018 After years of battling health issues, nine-time Grammy-winning chanteuse Natalie Cole passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 65 on Thursday night, according to The Associated Press. Lauren Matthews, Woman's Day, "Rewatch Natalie Cole and Dad Nat King Cole's Amazing "Unforgettable" Duet," 2 Jan. 2016 No Bastille Days festival is complete without local chanteuse Robin Pluer, who sings at 7 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bastille Days is back Thursday, but the geography's shifted due to streetcar testing," 10 July 2018 The charming chanteuse that evening was Jennifer Weiss. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: Las Candelas members mark anniversary; A Noise Within, Pasadena Conservatory join forces for French-themed event," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of chanteuse

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chanteuse

borrowed from French, from chanter "to sing" (going back to Old French) + -euse, feminine agent suffix, from feminine of -eux, adjective suffix, going back to Old French -eus, earlier -os, -ous, going back to Latin -ōsus -ose entry 1 — more at chant entry 1

Note: The feminine adjectival suffix -euse developed into an agent suffix in later Middle French, when, in line with the general loss of final consonants, the agent suffix -eur lost its consonant and became completely homonymous with the masculine adjectival suffix -eux; the two suffixes being identified, -euse came into use as a feminine complement to -eur. The restoration of final r in the suffix -eur has once again separated the suffixes.

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