\ 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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

The alligator, nicknamed Chance the Snapper, had drawn dozens of visitors since last week and earned a spot on T-shirts and in song lyrics as fans rooted for its survival in the most unlikely of habitats. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "After days on the loose, alligator that shut down Chicago park is caught by Florida man," 16 July 2019 Gradually, the members began to use Auto-Tune on El Houda’s voice, in between versions of the group’s own songs. New York Times, "He Turned the Met Museum’s Collection Into an Orchestra," 16 July 2019 Now, the Philadelphia bar that helped inspire the team's song choice wants a cut of the profits made from merchandise featuring the rally cry, according to ESPN. Jenna West,, "Report: Philadelphia Bar Seeks Cut From 'Play Gloria' Merchandise Profits," 16 July 2019 The demonstrations, which are live-streamed on social media, employ Hebrew songs and Jewish chants. Ben Sales,, "Jews getting arrested at ICE centers are just getting started," 16 July 2019 Another song featured on SNL was among the category's nominees, though. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Adam Sandler Nominated for First 'SNL' Hosting Gig," 16 July 2019 The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Beyoncé Calls 'The Lion King' Album 'A Love Letter To Africa'," 16 July 2019 The soundtrack will contain the classics while The Gift will feature all-new songs by the cast members, produced by Queen Bey herself. Tara Edwards,, "Beyoncé's London Lion King Premiere Look Is Pure Nala," 15 July 2019 What's better than hearing Paul McCartney sing Beatles songs in concert? Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 15: Trump tweets, Barry, immigration," 15 July 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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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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