Swan Song Definition

The sweet song supposed in ancient fable to be sung by a dying swan.
Webster's New World
The last act, final creative work, etc. of a person, as before retirement or death.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Swan Song


swan song
swan songs

Origin of Swan Song

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From the belief that the swan sings as it dies

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

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