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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Recent Examples on the Web The football stadium at La Porte High School wasn’t big enough to showcase all the talents of the late Marsha Matthews Carlton, a teen twirler and former Miss Pasadena who became a popular Houston actress and chanteuse. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "La Porte native Carlton remembered as ‘iconic’ singer, actress," 4 Aug. 2020 This 80-minute 1974 feature by Philippe Garrel is composed almost entirely of faces shot in close-up — mainly those of Seberg and the actress Tina Aumont, with the chanteuse Nico making a brief appearance. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "The Passion of Saint Jean," 19 Feb. 2020 Her transformation from Manic Pixie Special-Needs Kid into budding Hope Sandoval-like indie chanteuse may be a bit of a credibility stretch, but if anyone can sell it, Skeggs can, with her incessantly mobile features and twitchy energy. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dinner in America': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Junebug first appears in the third act, a chanteuse barreling down the backroads of Kentucky on a motorcycle. Laura Hudson, Wired, "The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’," 29 Jan. 2020 Baker left America for France while in her 20s, finding almost instant success as a chanteuse and dancer who was willing to push many envelopes, gaining the attention of Ernest Hemingway, Picasso and others. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paula Patton to Star In, Produce Josephine Baker Drama (Exclusive)," 16 Dec. 2019 And if that weren’t enough, the elusive chanteuse got another extra-special Christmas gift this year in the form of the song hitting No. Mary Sollosi,, "Mariah Carey's famous friends celebrate 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' with singalong video," 23 Dec. 2019 Some parts of Cats, like the scene in which Taylor Swift’s kitty chanteuse Bombalurina descends from a hanging crescent moon to sprinkle glitter catnip over her feline admirers, are gaudily enjoyable. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cats Is Terrible, But It’s Also Kind of Great," 20 Dec. 2019 The chanteuse, born Melissa Madden Gray, delivers nostalgia for a bygone era—and sometimes crowd-surfs. The New Yorker, "The Neo-Cabaret Diva Meow Meow Brings Holiday Glamour to BAM," 25 May 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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9 Aug 2020

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“Chanteuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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