Definition of chanteuse
chanteuses\-ˈtüz, -ˈtü-zəz, -ˈtə(r)z, -ˈtə(r)-zəz\
: songstress; especially : a woman who is a concert or nightclub singer
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From FDR’s January birthday bashes that started March of Dimes to JFK’s 1962 blowout featuring Marilyn Monroe in the memorable role of chanteuse, presidential birthdays have made an impact on American culture.
The banal lyrics lack depth, but they're charged with sensuality when Bulgarian chanteuse Mira Aroyo gets hold of the mike.
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Origin and Etymology of 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 1-ose — more at 1chant ◆The feminine adjectival suffix -euse developed into an agent suffix in later Medieval 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.
First Known Use: 1844See Words from the same year
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