Pronunciation: (shän"sun-yā'; Fr. shän-sô-nyā'), [key]
—pl. -son•niersPronunciation: (-sun-yāz'; Fr. -sô-nyā'). [key]
a singer or writer of chansons, esp. a cabaret performer who specializes in songs that are a combination of melody and rapid spoken patter.
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