\ 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

Other Words from song

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

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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 The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 Trombley’s adventurous song picks — from rock to R&B — were boosted by the broad reach of CKLW, a station heard across Canada and nearly two dozen U.S. states at night. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 The 64th Grammys are the first where the four major categories, such as record of the year and song of the year, feature 10 nominees each, up from eight for the last few years. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The song’s performers include Adam Pascal, Ty Taylor, Rory Donovan, Derek Klena, Bonnie Milligan, Christopher Sieber, and Shayna Steele. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2021 In the vulnerable song, Adele reflects on the grief and loneliness following her divorce from Simon Konecki. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2021 In this, too, the song follows a long tradition of American musicians who have wrung melodies from misery. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 What's the best song to listen to while cooking a turkey? Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2021 The song was written by Hairspray collaborators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and features RENT OG Adam Pascal. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021

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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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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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