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a female singer, especially one who sings in nightclubs and cabarets.
a female singer, esp in a nightclub or cabaret

“female singer of popular songs,” 1888, from French chanteuse (16c.), fem. agent noun of chanter “to sing” (see chant (v.)). In Old French, the word was chanteresse.


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