Definition of chanson in US English:



  • A French song.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Few musical genres sport the elegance of the French chanson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A second distinction is that between chansons with newly composed melodies and parodies, or retextings, of melodies originally written for other lyrics.’
    song, anthem, carol, ballad, canzone, motet, chant
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French, from Latin cantio(n-) ‘singing’, from canere ‘sing’.