Definition of chanson in English:



  • A French song.

    • ‘Few musical genres sport the elegance of the French chanson.’
    • ‘A second distinction is that between chansons with newly composed melodies and parodies, or retextings, of melodies originally written for other lyrics.’
    • ‘Fluent in French (she also sings in German and Italian), she handles chansons such as ‘Prends Mon Coeur’ and ‘La Nuit Nen Finit Plus’ with flair and elegance, passionate yet polished.’
    • ‘The music performed will vary, including classical pieces, French chansons, old Italian songs, jazz and pop music.’
    • ‘All sorts of music will be well represented at the festival, including concerts of Irish folk music, jazz, Parisian chansons and brass bands.’
    song, anthem, carol, ballad, canzone, chanson, motet, chant
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French, from Latin cantio(n-) singing, from canere sing.



/ˈʃɒ̃sɒ̃//French ʃɑ̃sɔ̃/