Definition of diseuse in English:



  • A female entertainer who performs monologues.

    • ‘In 1930, far from being a gravelly diseuse, she possessed a girlish soprano, that makes her dirty delivery all the more shocking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With this kind of chanson-performance she became the archetype of the modern diseuse.’


Late 19th century: French, literally talker feminine of diseur, from dire to say.