- the sweet song supposed in ancient fable to be sung by a dying swan
- the last act, final creative work, etc. of a person, as before retirement or death
- A farewell or final appearance, action, or work.
- The beautiful legendary song sung only once by a swan in its lifetime, as it is dying.
Origin of swan songFrom the belief that the swan sings as it dies.
(plural swan songs)
A calque of German Schwanenlied (from Schwan + Lied) or Schwanengesang ; from the belief that the mute swan sings before dying.