Swan-song definition

The sweet song supposed in ancient fable to be sung by a dying swan.
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The last act, final creative work, etc. of a person, as before retirement or death.
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A farewell or final appearance, action, or work.
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The beautiful legendary song sung only once by a swan in its lifetime, as it is dying.
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(idiomatic) A final performance or accomplishment, especially one before retirement.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of swan-song - swansong

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swan-song
Plural:
swan songs

Origin of swan-song

  • From the belief that the swan sings as it dies

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A calque of German Schwanenlied(from Schwan + Lied) or Schwanengesang; from the belief that the mute swan sings before dying.

    From Wiktionary