(in medieval French literature) an epic poem written in assonant verse or rhyme about historical or legendary events or figures.
one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
- Chanson d’amour
English The Song of Roland. a chanson de geste (c1100) relating Roland’s brave deeds and death at Roncesvalles and Charlemagne’s revenge.
a little song; ditty.
a singer or writer of chansons, especially a cabaret performer who specializes in songs that are a combination of melody and rapid spoken patter.