One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A female entertainer who performs monologues.
- ‘Her early recordings reveal a soprano of shimmering sexuality, though later in life she adopted a low, husky, gravelly tone and the sharp textual delivery of a diseuse, which for many remains the quintessence of the German cabaret style.’
- ‘In 1930, far from being a gravelly diseuse, she possessed a girlish soprano, that makes her dirty delivery all the more shocking.’
- ‘With this kind of chanson-performance she became the archetype of the modern diseuse.’
French, literally ‘talker’, feminine of diseur, from dire ‘to say’.
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