from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A farewell or final appearance, action, or work.
- n. The beautiful legendary song sung only once by a swan in its lifetime, as it is dying.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A final performance or accomplishment, especially one before retirement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
From the belief that the swan sings as it dies.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of German Schwanenlied(from Schwan + Lied) or Schwanengesang; from the belief that the mute swan sings before dying. (Wiktionary)