chanteuse

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noun chan·teuse \shan-ˈtüz, shäⁿ-ˈtə(r)z\

Definition of chanteuse

plural

chanteuses

\-ˈtüz, -ˈtü-zəz, -ˈtə(r)z, -ˈtə(r)-zəz\
  1. :  songstress; especially :  a woman who is a concert or nightclub singer

Origin and Etymology of chanteuse

borrowed from French, from chanter “to sing” (going back to Old French) + -euse, feminine agentive 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 agentive suffix in later medieval French, when, in line with the general loss of final consonants, the agentive 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: 1844

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