Definition of songster in US English:



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

    • ‘Shelley was no idle songster, singing for singing's sake.’
    • ‘Pop songster Paul Williams, who penned such tunes as The Rainbow Connection, scored the music and songs for the film.’
    • ‘Better to think of him as a songster, an older, more encompassing sort of folk artist.’
    • ‘We all joined in from time to time, warbling as only a bunch of half-tipsy songsters can warble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First up will be those Haverfordwest melodic darkcore songsters Closure, blowing away the cobwebs of the Queens Hall Acoustic Room.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Woody Guthrie was one of a long line of folk songsters going back at least to Joe Hill, identifying with the poor and exploited.’
    • ‘Who knows what could be in store for the dedicated, hard rock songsters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ryan is often described as a prolific songster who borrows from, mimics even, the likes of Gram Parsons and Paul Westerberg from The Replacements.’
    • ‘Cole manifests everything that is regal and rich about the art of performance, both as an instrumentalist and songster.’
    • ‘It was called reggae, and its principal international songster, Bob Marley, wasted little time in getting to the political point.’
    • ‘When political songsters talk of this kind of change, they are often referring to the imputed ability of songs to help ‘educate’ people.’
    • ‘Local label Trees Music has recently re-released Hodood to coincide with the Mongolian songster's upcoming Taiwan gig set.’
    singer, vocalist, soloist, songstress, crooner, warbler, melodist, artiste
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    1. 1.1 A person who writes songs or verse.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Comedian / songster Tom Lehrer didn't know the half of it.’
      • ‘Behold the songster at work - a process found in early Armstrong, Guthrie and Robert Johnson.’
      • ‘This is mostly true for fans, friends, and family of unsung folk hero Tim Hardin, the prolific songster who wasted his life living wasted.’
    2. 1.2 A songbird.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems likely that the two songsters resented this influx of visitors and were proclaiming their territory from aloft.’
      • ‘Brumm and Todt played white noise to nightingales - ardent European songsters - and measured the amplitude, or loudness, of the birds' vocal performance.’
      • ‘In its native habitat, the Canary Islands, the bird is a nondescript greenish songster with a melodious warble.’
      • ‘But often the songsters can be difficult to locate as they flit restlessly in the foliage of a windbreak of lofty cypresses.’
      • ‘Wood pigeons and songsters flee at its appearance, yet rarely do they fall prey to this large hawk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 are birds unfeeling, mechanical songsters, driven to sing but never understanding what it is they do?’


Old English sangestre (see song, -ster).