Definition of songster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsôNGstər/


1A person who sings, especially fluently and skillfully.
Example sentences
  • Shelley was no idle songster, singing for singing's sake.
  • When political songsters talk of this kind of change, they are often referring to the imputed ability of songs to help ‘educate’ people.
  • 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?
singer, vocalist, soloist, crooner, chorister, choirboy, choirgirl, songbird, diva, chansonnier, chanteuse;
alto, bass, basso profundo, baritone, contralto, tenor, soprano, mezzo (soprano);
informal warbler, popster, soulster, folkie
historical minstrel, troubadour
archaic melodist
1.1A person who writes songs or verse.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The legal action comes from a group of 52 independent songsters and publishers says a report in the San Jose Mercury.
1.2A songbird.
Example sentences
  • Wood pigeons and songsters flee at its appearance, yet rarely do they fall prey to this large hawk.
  • Brumm and Todt played white noise to nightingales - ardent European songsters - and measured the amplitude, or loudness, of the birds' vocal performance.
  • 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.


Old English sangestre (see song, -ster).

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Syllabification: song·ster

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