Definition of torch song in English:

Share this entry

torch song

Pronunciation:

noun

A sad or sentimental song, typically about unrequited love.
Example sentences
  • Call it a torch song, or a saloon song - categorize it as you wish.
  • The glossy black-haired beauty swayed up on the stage, her full breasts straining against the simple gown she wore as she sang a torch song.
  • ‘Surrender’, meanwhile, is a sweltering torch song of exponentially intensifying guitar glissandos and unfettered angst.

Derivatives

torch singer

Pronunciation: /ˈtôrCH ˌsiNGər/
noun
Example sentences
  • At an outdoor plaza on Main, a crowd watches a free screening of ‘Seabiscuit’ Down the street inside the Sonnet Gallery, a trio accompanies a raven-haired torch singer of Cuban-style ballads.
  • Last autumn the Essex torch singer played her first concert dates in six years and she so enjoyed the experience, she is touring again, playing York Barbican Centre tonight.
  • It's as if they're trying too hard to show every last facet of this multi-faceted vocalist who appears to be as comfortable playing the entertainer as she is in torch singer or soul diva mode.

Origin

1920s: torch from the phrase 'carry a torch for' (see torch).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: torch song

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.