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Definition the French word for "song"; typically referencing a song with French lyrics; sometimes more specifically references a cabaret style or a style of 14th-16th century
  • In the 60s chansons with emotionally-charged lyrics, often accompanied by the accordion, were very popular in France.
  • Chanson de Roland, 1753-57.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • In a few weeks, she will perform Tchaikovsky's Chanson Triste at a recital.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Mais la petite fenetre de ma chambre etait bleme, et puis, jaune, et tous les oiseaux du bois eclaterent dans un chanson vif et resonnant.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • By 1939 he had composed scores for a number of films, as well as many lieder, chansons and songs which were very popular at the time.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I am sure that in a book—and to that extent my feelings were closely akin to those of Francoise—such a conception of mourning, in the manner of the Chanson de Roland and of the porch of Saint-Andre-des-Champs, would have seemed most attractive.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • All songs of current lands come sounding round me, The German airs of friendship, wine and love, Irish ballads, merry jigs and dances, English warbles, Chansons of France, Scotch tunes, and o'er the rest, Italia's peerless compositions.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Thereto Punch Costello roared out mainly Etienne chanson but he loudly bid them, lo, wisdom hath built herself a house, this vast majestic longstablished vault, the crystal palace of the Creator, all in applepie order, a penny for him who finds the pea.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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