Definition of songster in English:



  • 1A person who sings, especially fluently and skilfully.

    ‘talented songsters from all over Merseyside took pubs by storm’
    • ‘Who knows what could be in store for the dedicated, hard rock songsters.’
    • ‘Better to think of him as a songster, an older, more encompassing sort of folk artist.’
    • ‘What is it about the Irish that we insist on taking to our bosoms musicians who, in any other country, would be considered B grade, jobbing songsters?’
    • ‘Ryan is often described as a prolific songster who borrows from, mimics even, the likes of Gram Parsons and Paul Westerberg from The Replacements.’
    • ‘Local label Trees Music has recently re-released Hodood to coincide with the Mongolian songster's upcoming Taiwan gig set.’
    • ‘Woody Guthrie was one of a long line of folk songsters going back at least to Joe Hill, identifying with the poor and exploited.’
    • ‘Cole manifests everything that is regal and rich about the art of performance, both as an instrumentalist and songster.’
    • ‘Shelley was no idle songster, singing for singing's sake.’
    • ‘It was called reggae, and its principal international songster, Bob Marley, wasted little time in getting to the political point.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer of the prize-winning songsters Belle & Sebastian, has moved out of the tied flat he occupied for a decade.’
    • ‘We all joined in from time to time, warbling as only a bunch of half-tipsy songsters can warble.’
    • ‘First up will be those Haverfordwest melodic darkcore songsters Closure, blowing away the cobwebs of the Queens Hall Acoustic Room.’
    • ‘For all this, In the Belly of a Whale doesn't really hint at the disheveled songster I remember from Folk Fest.’
    • ‘The crew also features Jason Selman, handy with both words and trumpet, and MC Josephine Watson, songster and wordist with a background in theatrical improv.’
    • ‘They were written in spiral notebooks and most were about Australian songster Olivia Newton-John, for whom I must confess I also have an affection.’
    • ‘Rocker Tony Wright, the chart-topping songster of the ex-band Terrorvision, is back on the road again with a batch of new tunes - all inspired by his spell as a dry stone waller.’
    • ‘Pop songster Paul Williams, who penned such tunes as The Rainbow Connection, scored the music and songs for the film.’
    • ‘The packed programme started shortly after 8 pm with Edwards, who shot to fame in the 1980s, making a special appearance together with local songster Indar Kanhai.’
    • ‘In a current exhibition Pop - The Continuing Influence of Popular Culture on Contemporary Art - the centre has been showing off works by Mr Warhol as well as songster John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono.’
    • ‘When political songsters talk of this kind of change, they are often referring to the imputed ability of songs to help ‘educate’ people.’
    singer, vocalist, soloist, songstress, crooner, warbler, melodist, artiste
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    1. 1.1 A person who writes songs or verse.
      • ‘This is mostly true for fans, friends, and family of unsung folk hero Tim Hardin, the prolific songster who wasted his life living wasted.’
      • ‘Behold the songster at work - a process found in early Armstrong, Guthrie and Robert Johnson.’
      • ‘Comedian / songster Tom Lehrer didn't know the half of it.’
      • ‘Dismissed as ‘pot poets’ by more elite writers, these largely anonymous songsters reputedly wrote under the influence of alcohol in order to earn money for more drink.’
      • ‘Based on the subject lines of e-mail spam featuring songs by like-minded Web songsters, it may help pave the way for a new brand of musician who can rock your world without ever leaving the basement.’
      • ‘The legal action comes from a group of 52 independent songsters and publishers says a report in the San Jose Mercury.’
    2. 1.2 A songbird.
      ‘robins are the most commonly heard songsters’
      • ‘But are birds unfeeling, mechanical songsters, driven to sing but never understanding what it is they do?’
      • ‘In its native habitat, the Canary Islands, the bird is a nondescript greenish songster with a melodious warble.’
      • ‘Brumm and Todt played white noise to nightingales - ardent European songsters - and measured the amplitude, or loudness, of the birds' vocal performance.’
      • ‘I knew a lot of birds the songster was not, and I had narrowed down it to one of two possibilities, both southern birds that were not often encountered in Mass., especially on the Cape.’
      • ‘Sadly, song thrushes, one of the finest wild songsters, dropped this year after a slight increase in recent years.’
      • ‘While recent studies suggest some city songsters might be able to adapt to increased noise pollution, scientists still aren't sure which bird species best tolerate noise pollution.’
      • ‘Another strange fact is that this beautiful songster is in decline all over Europe.’
      • ‘They're pretty birds, great songsters - delivering what to my ear is a deeper, huskier version of a goldfinch's melody - and therefore welcome additions to the backyard fauna.’
      • ‘It seems likely that the two songsters resented this influx of visitors and were proclaiming their territory from aloft.’
      • ‘Wood pigeons and songsters flee at its appearance, yet rarely do they fall prey to this large hawk.’
      • ‘If you'll take a few moments each day to look and listen for this engaging songster who often sing from an elevated perch, such as the top of a small shrub.’
      • ‘Yet the very next year the population there had crashed to just 11 songsters.’
      • ‘But often the songsters can be difficult to locate as they flit restlessly in the foliage of a windbreak of lofty cypresses.’


Old English sangestre (see song, -ster).