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 From the first soothing lullabies babies hear to the funereal dirges that accompany the deceased, music is a fixture of the human experience. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "What Makes a Song? It’s the Same Recipe in Every Culture," 21 Nov. 2019 The song has been featured on many children's albums or collections of lullabies and softer songs. Paul Grein, Billboard, "In Praise of 'Rainbow Connection': The Little Song That Could," 15 Nov. 2019 Emily Mortimer sings a lullaby written by Steven Laney of the Underhill Family Orchestra. al, "Alabama band gets showcase in new Stephen King film ‘Dr. Sleep’," 1 Nov. 2019 Nearly every public school in the country now conducts lockdown drills, and even the youngest students participate (last year, one school adapted a lullaby to prepare kindergartners). Sergio Peçanha, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Lockdown drills are an American quirk, out of control," 14 Oct. 2019 In September, pop stars Sam Smith and Sabrina Carpenter remixed recent hit songs in lullaby format for Calm. Rina Raphael, Los Angeles Times, "Calm comes to Hollywood," 9 Oct. 2019 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 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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The first known use of lullaby was in 1573

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7 Dec 2019

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“Lullaby.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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