Definition of chanteuse in US English:



  • A female singer of popular songs, especially in a nightclub.

    • ‘They were bashing out 1963 Beatles tunes for a while, before a blonde with a lived-in air took the microphone and transformed herself into a tragic chanteuse, singing through her nose like the best of them.’
    • ‘This female chanteuse has soothing vocals that'll take you to sonic heights that you've never been to.’
    • ‘The song is addressed to the chanteuse's competitors who are female, so the correct interpretation would be that she is offering to share her secret.’
    • ‘He married the prettiest girl in the country's top-selling group of chanteuses.’
    • ‘Listen to her voice and there's a depth and maturity that many of the current batch of young teenage chanteuses, who look as if the worst thing in life they've experienced is runny mascara, conspicuously lack.’
    • ‘Influences range from film soundtracks to French chanteuses and jangly pop, but everything is tightly arranged by the classically-trained Campbell.’
    • ‘Wise young chanteuses seem to be very much in vogue right now.’
    • ‘‘Our stories are very different,’ acknowledges the Montreal-born chanteuse.’
    • ‘But what really draws the 26-year-old Ryan these days is performing live in that domain of glamorous but faded chanteuses - cabaret.’
    • ‘For a half-dozen albums, the sentimental chanteuse has avoided mimicking other people's songs, opting instead to bend and deconstruct the material to fit her mood.’
    • ‘The mood is intimate and late night; a chanteuse in a little club somewhere with a piano trio augmented by sax, vibes and guitar.’
    • ‘She grew up in an age when the chanteuse didn't need an orchestra or a symphony hall to get their message across.’
    • ‘Chase's sophomore release will no doubt further her career as a country chanteuse.’
    • ‘The evergreen chanteuse romps like a woman a quarter her age through an exuberant programme of pop and musical hits.’
    • ‘‘People hearing me as a singer-songwriter is a lot more terrifying than people hearing me as a jazz singer,’ once said the soft-spoken chanteuse.’
    • ‘She is the type of singer that gets called a chanteuse a lot.’
    • ‘A chanteuse embarks on a decades-long search for fame.’
    • ‘But the down-to-earth chanteuse can't go too long without visiting family and regularly returns to her home town.’
    • ‘Her doe-eyed features and silken voice conjures comparisons to other mystic chanteuses with names like Sarah, Chantal, Diana and Tori.’
    • ‘The French chanteuse, actress and street entertainer has delivered delights to her adoring masses of European fans for many years.’
    singer, vocalist, soloist, songstress, crooner, warbler, melodist, artiste
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French, from chanter ‘sing’.