\ ˈsȯŋ How to pronounce song (audio) \

Definition of song

1 : the act or art of singing
2 : poetical composition
3a : a short musical composition of words and music
b : a collection of such compositions
4 : a distinctive or characteristic sound or series of sounds (as of a bird, insect, or whale)
5a : a melody for a lyric poem or ballad
b : a poem easily set to music
6a : a habitual or characteristic manner
b : a violent, abusive, or noisy reaction put up quite a song
7 : a small amount sold for a song

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Other Words from song

songlike \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce songlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of song in a Sentence

He sang a love song. The song was playing on the radio. The event was celebrated in song by a folk group. I could hear the song of a sparrow.
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Recent Examples on the Web That performance soon led to a recording contract, and the group released dozens of albums on South African labels, adapting Zulu traditional songs. Jon Pareles,, "Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, 78," 12 Feb. 2020 To make songwriters more discoverable on Spotify, participating songwriters’ names are now clickable in Spotify song credits. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotify Announces Beta Launch of Songwriter Pages to Aid Songwriter Discovery," 12 Feb. 2020 Together since 1998, The Level One Band is known regionally for its spirited Motown, Disco and old school funk cover songs. Houston Chronicle, "Feb. 12-25: Workshops, Valentine’s Day events planned in northwest Houston area," 12 Feb. 2020 Taking a cue from Deaf West Theatre's innovative Broadway revival, Skylight will stage the rock musical with a blend of hearing and deaf actors, incorporating ASL (American Sign Language) as well as song. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skylight plans Dennis DeYoung's 'Hunchback' musical, 'Spring Awakening' with deaf and hearing performers," 11 Feb. 2020 For all of the show’s cleverness about building song lyrics out of historical records, what lifts it to the empire of the sublime is its heart, its deep sense of love and loss for Hamilton after his foolhardy day in Weehawken. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Is Hamilton Overrated?," 10 Feb. 2020 De’Vonte Watson, a Barb (Nicki Minaj stan), tells me he’s organized three different online streaming parties for Tusa, a song by Karol G featuring Minaj. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "“Stans” have changed what it means to be a music fan—for better and worse," 7 Feb. 2020 These songs showcase the sounds that function much like human syllables. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jackass Penguin Calls Follow Similar Rules to Human Speech," 7 Feb. 2020 Outside the city made foreign noises: strange sirens and horns from cars, strange songs on strange radio stations, strange words shouted between a mother and a child. Jillian Dunham, Longreads, "At Mrs. Balbir’s," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of song

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for song

Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing

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The first known use of song was before the 12th century

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce song (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of song

: a short piece of music with words that are sung
: the act of singing
: a series of musical sounds that are produced by a bird or an animal (such as a whale)


\ ˈsȯŋ How to pronounce song (audio) \

Kids Definition of song

1 : a short musical composition of words and music
2 : the act or art of singing He burst into song.
3 : a series of usually musical sounds produced by an animal and especially a bird
4 : a small amount That old house can be bought for a song.

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