lul·​la·​by | \ ˈlə-lə-ˌbī How to pronounce lullaby (audio) \
plural lullabies

Definition of lullaby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soothing refrain specifically : a song to quiet children or lull them to sleep


lullabied; lullabying

Definition of lullaby (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to quiet with or as if with a lullaby

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lullaby

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of lullaby in a Sentence

Verb reclining peacefully on the deck, lullabied by the gentle motion of the ship
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In honor of Archie's special day, The Kingdom Choir wrote, recorded, and released a new lullaby written especially for the youngest royal. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Kingdom Choir Wrote Archie Harrison a Lullaby in Honor of His Christening," 6 July 2019 Perhaps a lullaby for her daughter Pilar Jhena? 19. Dave Quinn,, "The Definitive Ranking of Every Single Real Housewives Song," 5 Aug. 2019 The Sparrow’’ morphs from an industrial lullaby to a funky Nine Inch Nails-like dance tune and back again. Mark Kennedy,, "On ‘King’s Mouth,’ a psychedelic skull session with the Flaming Lips," 24 July 2019 The lullaby hummed by the existence of a thoughtful President began to unwittingly hush many of us to sleep. Brittany Packnett, Time, "How Ferguson Woke Us Up," 8 Aug. 2019 The animals sit in a sterile room, listening to the soft lullaby of a humming air-conditioning unit, waking up for meals or to romp about the cage. Andrew Nicla,, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 Now, four decades later, Dr. Andrew-Jaja has sung his last lullaby at the hospital. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""The Singing Doctor" who serenaded over 8,000 babies honored after 40-year career," 1 July 2019 And then to fall asleep to the summer sounds of the sea: a lullaby of waves lapping against rocky shores punctuated by the rhythmic tinkling of sailboat halyards. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "For a real taste of Midcoast Maine as it was — and should be — head to Damariscotta," 27 June 2019 Hywood—a fiery, compact woman prone to alternating between cooing lullabies to her rescues and vociferously condemning the cruelty of man—has rescued more than 180 pangolins since 2012. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The original is lullaby-like in its simple softness and was fittingly featured in Richard Linklater's epic 2014 film Boyhood. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Forest Blakk Gives Family of the Year's 'Hero' a Ballad-Like Spin: Exclusive," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lullaby


1573, in the meaning defined above


1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lullaby


obsolete English lulla, interjection used to lull a child (from Middle English) + bye, interjection used to lull a child, from Middle English by

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of lullaby was in 1573

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English Language Learners Definition of lullaby

: a song used to help a child fall asleep


lul·​la·​by | \ ˈlə-lə-ˌbī How to pronounce lullaby (audio) \
plural lullabies

Kids Definition of lullaby

: a song for helping a baby or child fall asleep

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