Definitions

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

  • n. A sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited love.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a song, often sentimental, lamenting an unrequited love; normally sung by a woman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a popular song with a sentimental theme of unrequited love or other form of unhappiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a popular song concerned with disappointment in love

Etymologies

From carry a torch for ("harbor feelings for"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She signaled the Bear on bass and said, “A torch song about lost hopes, Skoochums, how ‘bout.

    Son of a Witch

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