Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman singer, especially a nightclub singer.

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  • n. A female singer; often specifically a popular or cabaret singer

Etymologies

French, feminine of chanteur, singer, from chanter, to sing; see chant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Talented, spunky and a natural presence onstage, Adele may hardly look like your average, major-label chanteuse, but sometimes the people get it right.

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  • The "electro-savvy" "chanteuse" singer Imogen Heap will be debuting her crowd-sourced documentary "Love the Earth" on a live webcast from London's Royal Albert Hall.

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  • The superstar chanteuse, in a business-like black jacket and skirt, clinked glasses during a toast with Hu.

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  • More polished, mature pop from the Scandinavian chanteuse.

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  • NEW YORK— Quinn Lemley , an actress and chanteuse, has specialized in portraying Rita Hayworth in a one-woman show—channeling the 1940s glamour queen's songs and mannerisms, sashaying across the stage in elegant evening gowns reminiscent of old Hollywood.

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  • Her music spans the gap between the café and the Opera, from chanteuse to songstress, or as she put it, "It's 19th Century meets 21rst."

    Tom Teicholz: Elizaveta, a Dreamy New Singer

  • The stereotypes are familiar ones – the flapper, the Teutonic vamp, the tragic chanteuse, the wide-eyed ingenue – but there's a touching sweetness about them, and it's impossible not to be moved as the music segues from Puccini into Jay-Z's haunting "Forever Young".

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  • He is killed; she is implicated and the mother-in-law forces her to flee the country where she becomes Madame X, estranged from her husband and lovable son, wandering the world to sink into booze and despair and the ultimate indignity of nightclub chanteuse.

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  • Kelly Clarkson, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, hell, even ethereal Brit chanteuse Florence Welch who killed on Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass" dug deep for the show and gave us some great moments.

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  • As well as electric blues, raw rock'n'roll, bopping country and old-time jams, there'll be live music too, with Portuguese chanteuse Ruby Ann performing in addition to the Tag Alongs, plus a set from Dollar Bill & his One Man Band.

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