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1. A woman who is a skilled and usually professional storyteller, poet, or other spoken-word performer.
2. A female singer whose performance of song lyrics is especially expressive.
[French, feminine of diseur, monologuist; see diseur.]
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(Theatre) (esp formerly) an actress who presents dramatic recitals, usually sung accompanied by music. Male counterpart: diseur
[C19: from French, feminine of diseur speaker, from dire to speak, from Latin dīcere]
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