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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

Death in a love song, dating illusions — these are not easy topics to take to the Top 40. Robert Spuhler,, "Sylvan Esso enjoys the glow of sophomore album," 11 July 2018 Sydney Dolezal is natural, whether getting the crowd to jump on their opening song of flipping them with a smile. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Vans Warped Tour says goodbye to Phoenix in its final summer on the road," 29 June 2018 Along with the release of the new song, Ariana also shared on Twitter that an accompanying video would be dropping on Friday at noon. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman" Is Pete Davidson's Favorite Sweetener Track," 13 July 2018 Others focused on the religious undertones of the song. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Watch: Ariana Grande declares 'God is a Woman' in new song and Twitter is worshipping it," 13 July 2018 Additional props for the song choice, this time using Destiny Child’s Survivor. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "College football season is 50 days away, and Lane Kiffin and FAU are already winning," 13 July 2018 Perhaps the pessimism at the heart of the song did refer merely to football. Jonathan Wilson,, "England's World Cup Run, Southgate Represent More for a Nation in Political Upheaval," 12 July 2018 So Trump sent Pompeo with a copy of the song on CD. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Mike Pompeo Will Give Kim Jong-un Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ on CD," 6 July 2018 Immediately, everyone is transported to a different world, mesmerized by the melody and lyrics of the song. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 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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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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