drinking song


Definition of drinking song

: a song on a convivial theme appropriate for a group engaged in social drinking

Examples of drinking song in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aimed straight at the groundlings, this rousing drinking song is pure silly fun, with Sir Toby Belch (Shuler Hensley) and the gang trading late-night insults. New York Times, "A Cast Album I Love: ‘Twelfth Night’," 22 Apr. 2020 Stop by the Capitol Hill restaurant after work on Monday for a fest-worthy dinner — say, a choice of schnitzel, or a platter with five kinds of wursts — and you’ll be entertained by the traditional German drinking songs of Die Zwei. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 30 Sep. 2019 The finale rang with the sincere gravity of a patriotic tune or an old drinking song. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Symphony Orchestra keeps it nostalgic with Avner Dorman premiere at Tanglewood," 5 Aug. 2019 The three men in Midland play drinking songs that are as blurry as their lyrics suggest. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 21-27: Macklemore & Kesha; Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam," 19 June 2018 The raucous drinking songs and ballads (which are also drinking songs) inspire more than a single shot of whiskey. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Springs revives its late night," 18 May 2018 Nevertheless, Wildwood residents take the anthem — born of a drinking song — seriously. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "In Wildwood, where national anthem has played every summer day since 'forever,' be expected to stand," 26 Sep. 2017 The melody is based on an old English drinking song, has images of war, and is impossible to sing. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Was Mr. K on to something? Chorus grows to drop the national anthem at sports events," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of drinking song

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Drinking song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20song. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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