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

Definition of chanteuse

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

Examples of chanteuse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take Lady Gaga’s transformation into a vintage 1950s chanteuse during her trip to New York, which might seem like a flight of fancy. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 5 July 2021 Italy, the bookies' favorite going into the show, won the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with 524 points, while French chanteuse Barbara Pravi came in second with 499 points and Switzerland's Gjon's Tears followed with 432 points. NBC News, 23 May 2021 On Memorial Day, allow chanteuse Carrie Underwood to take you on a carnival ride with her catchy single. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2021 All the while, the grainy soundtrack of the soulful Korean chanteuse fills the night air. Anne Anlin Cheng, The Atlantic, 19 Feb. 2021 There’s a reason Samantha Jones is a PR tour de force and not a chanteuse. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 31 Jan. 2021 The Christmas tree decoration in the accompanying photo shows the chanteuse in her red-and-white ensemble from her 1994 Merry Christmas album cover. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 17 Dec. 2020 But, even for us die-hard self-manicurists, the at-home pedicure remains an elusive chanteuse of DIY beauty treatments. Karina Hoshikawa,, 27 Oct. 2020 Soaring harmonies weaved with the chanteuse's characteristic whistle tones check off all the boxes for an MC classic, complete with hopelessly romantic lyrics that paint the picture for the ultimate lovestruck fantasy. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2020

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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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“Chanteuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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