song

noun
\ 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

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Other Words from song

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

Synonyms for song

Synonyms

ballad, ditty, jingle, lay, lyric, vocal

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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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What's more, the lively blue bird can easily take on any song with ease. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Who Is Still Left on 'The Masked Singer'," 9 Feb. 2019 Most listeners couldn't identify issues with the altered songs. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands," 30 Aug. 2018 At the beginning of every year, Ertz creates a new playlist with songs spanning different genres that remind her to stay grateful. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Olympian and Pro Soccer Player Julie Ertz Is Training for the 2019 Women's World Cup," 23 Feb. 2019 Following the broadcast of the documentary, artists including Chance the Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga apologized for collaborating with Mr. Kelly and had those songs removed from streaming services and digital download stores. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Singer R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse," 22 Feb. 2019 Ariana Grande has been smashing records left and right with songs from her album Thank U, Next. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Record-Breaking Superstar Ariana Grande Has Trouble Over-Apologizing, Just Like Us," 21 Feb. 2019 Outside the museum are a big theater — built under the reign of Emperor Augustus and still used today for concerts — and a smaller theater, acoustically designed for speeches and songs. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 Artists require a bevy of instruments and technology to create and mix songs, but at the center of it all is the digital audio workstation (DAW). Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019 Additionally, followers are leaving requests for other potential dancing songs. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dance to Selena Gomez, Beyoncé, and More," 4 Jan. 2019

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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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song

noun

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)

song

noun
\ 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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