chanteuse

noun chan·teuse \ shan-ˈtüz , shäⁿ-ˈtərz , -ˈtəz \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of chanteuse

plural chanteuses play \-ˈtüz, -ˈtü-zəz, -ˈtərz, -ˈtəz, -ˈtər-zəz, -ˈtə-zəz\
: songstress; especially : a woman who is a concert or nightclub singer

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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
Note: 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.


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