Definition of chanson à boire in English:

chanson à boire

Pronunciation /ʃɒnsɒn a ˈbwɑː/


  • A drinking song, especially one sung in French; such songs collectively, or as a genre.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Dryden (1631–1700), poet, playwright, and critic. From French chanson à boire from chanson + à for, with + boire to drink.