song

play
noun \ˈsȯŋ\

Definition of song

  1. 1 :  the act or art of singing

  2. 2 :  poetical composition

  3. 3a :  a short musical composition of words and musicb :  a collection of such compositions

  4. 4 :  a distinctive or characteristic sound or series of sounds (as of a bird, insect, or whale)

  5. 5a :  a melody for a lyric poem or balladb :  a poem easily set to music

  6. 6a :  a habitual or characteristic mannerb :  a violent, abusive, or noisy reaction put up quite a song

  7. 7 :  a small amount sold for a song

songlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of song in a sentence

  1. He sang a love song.

  2. The song was playing on the radio.

  3. The event was celebrated in song by a folk group.

  4. I could hear the song of a sparrow.

Origin and Etymology of song

Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing


First Known Use: before 12th century



SONG Defined for English Language Learners

song

play
noun \ˈsȯŋ\

Definition of song for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


SONG Defined for Kids

song

play
noun \ˈsȯŋ\

Definition of song for Students

  1. 1 :  a short musical composition of words and music

  2. 2 :  the act or art of singing He burst into song.

  3. 3 :  a series of usually musical sounds produced by an animal and especially a bird

  4. 4 :  a small amount That old house can be bought for a song.



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