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

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 With high-contrast black-and-white illustrations that are visually accessible to infants, Brantz's lyrical prose is a literary lullaby perfect for your little one's bedtime routine. Ew Staff,, 7 Dec. 2021 The track is a gorgeous lullaby for fading summer days and the passage of time — a fitting addition to a project originally intended as a single orchestral piece inspired by Icelandic landscapes. Jason Lamphier,, 3 Sep. 2021 But writing a lullaby for a 21-year-old is very different from creating one for a small child. Ilana Kaplan,, 26 Oct. 2021 The handyman Boyle traumatized with baby talk has an alibi, which is revealed to Jake via lullaby. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Parent testers highlighted the breadth of sounds and lullaby options to play for their babies. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Roa-Dugan: The dad would come out and push a button and then a lullaby would play all throughout the hospital, letting everybody know that there was a baby born. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021 That creamy, boozy concoction is as synonymous with a beach vacation as the rhythmic lullaby of crashing waves and the fiery hues of a spectacular sunset. Bob Carlton |, al, 14 July 2021 My compact 2-in-1 fan has turned out to be the grownup alternative to a lullaby. Braelyn Wood,, 25 May 2021 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, 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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“Lullaby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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