From Middle English songster, sangester, sangstere, from Old English sangestre (“a female singer; songstress”), equivalent to song + -ster. Cognate with Scots sangstar (“singer; songster”). Compare also West Frisian sjongster (“singer; female singer; vocalist”).
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songster (plural songsters)
- A man who sings songs, especially as a profession; a male singer.
- A male songbird.
- (formal) One who writes songs.
- (US) A book of songs; songbook.