\ 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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During the second course, the servers erupted in song. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 The co-stars cozied up on a piano bench at the end of the song, and the Internet turned the pose into a meme. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Extremely Close Oscars Pose Is Now a Meme," 25 Feb. 2019 That's why Miley Cyrus' update cover of the song is so refreshing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Gives Christmas Classic "Santa Baby" a Much-Needed Feminist Update," 22 Dec. 2018 With this system come options, including more than 300 movies, 550 TV episodes, 12 channels of live satellite TV on select flights, and more than 2,500 songs. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta Defies Trend, Keeps Adding Seat-Back Screens to Planes," 20 Aug. 2018 Chrissy sang a song from her upcoming movie, Breakthrough. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Are LOSING It Over Chrissy Metz's ACM Awards Performance Last Night," 8 Apr. 2019 But last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), Metz performed a brand-new song live on stage. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Is Us Star Chrissy Metz Performed a New Song Live at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 2019 Khloe Kardashian documented it all, including Beyonce Knowles casually and out of nowhere being called down to deliver a happy birthday song to Ms. Ross. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Filmed Beyoncé Giving an Impromptu Serenade at Diana Ross's Birthday," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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)


\ 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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