chanteuse

noun
chan·​teuse | \shan-ˈtüz, shäⁿ-ˈtərz, -ˈtəz \
plural chanteuses\-​ˈtüz, -​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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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, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Las Candelas members mark anniversary; A Noise Within, Pasadena Conservatory join forces for French-themed event," 12 June 2018 The tone is set with the opening intro, courtesy of Mexican alt-chanteuse Carla Morrison, whose beautiful, distinctive voice heralds this is not your run-of-the mill urban album. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: J Balvin Releases His Album 'Vibras,' Paulina Rubio Drops Bilingual Single 'Desire' & More," 25 May 2018 Baptista’s Jazz Club in 1930s Chicago is the backdrop for this tale of sisters Kate, a composer, and Bianca, a chanteuse wannabe, who just want to make their dreams come true without being smothered by unsuitable suitors. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Summer theater 2018: Our top 25 shows to see," 23 May 2018 Allure caught up with the elusive chanteuse herself in the video above for a quick round-up of some of Mariah’s firsts. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "Watch Mariah Carey Apply Makeup to a Stranger, Plus 8 More Things She's Never Done," 7 May 2018 LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever perform the chanteuse at different moments in her career: Diva Donna, Disco Donna and Duckling Donna. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "15 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 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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