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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

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Other words from song

songlike \ˈsȯŋ-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for song


mite, peanuts, pittance, shoestring


boodle, bundle, fortune, mint, wad

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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 faithful baked through old songs and new, sweating out their Pabst Blue Ribbon while dreaming of the Mag Bar's ancient air conditioning. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Miss Day 1 of Forecastle? No worries, here are 5 things you missed!," 14 July 2018 Over time, Sonos let music services like Pandora and Spotify control the output on their speakers by allowing users to use the streaming apps for selecting songs and playlists. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple's Airplay 2 May Be the Boost Sonos Needs for Its IPO," 11 July 2018 The staging, costumes and flamboyant song-and-dance numbers, combined with the pre-curtain shower of beach balls and confetti, made for a splendidly goofy night out. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 The song and reading list, which Kensington Palace announced ahead of the ceremony, referenced two important events for Prince Louis’s parents and grandparents. Maura Hohman,, "The Hidden, Sentimental Meaning Behind the Songs at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Hiaasen was honored with stories, poems, and songs. CBS News, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos vowed to kill "every person present": Report," 3 July 2018 At the event, attendees heard from individuals with experiences of gun violence through various art forms, such as storytelling and songs, and the people those stories came from were intentionally diverse. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Teen Activist Kenidra Woods Organized the Hope for Humanity Project Rally in St. Louis," 2 July 2018 Until 1957, our patriotic songs and other expressions of nationalism were outlawed. Erika P. Rodriguez, Smithsonian, "The Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico," 27 June 2018 Their language seemed perfectly suited for songs and maledictions. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018

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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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The first known use of song was before the 12th century

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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)


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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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