\ 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

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 An edited version of the song that does not include the offensive lyrics will be played instead. Sara Spary, CNN, "Why the BBC's pop music station won't play the original 'Fairytale of New York'," 19 Nov. 2020 The Browns' players endured Mother Nature to the finish of the song. cleveland, "Browns 10, Texans 7: photographers’ favorite photos from another wild weather day at FirstEnergy Stadium," 16 Nov. 2020 Roederer said her experience with the unemployment office this year reminds her of a song by Pink from a few years ago. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "About 78,000 backlogged Kentucky unemployment claims remain," 13 Nov. 2020 The following year, Meat Loaf recorded his own version of the song. Ariana Brockington,, "Is The Masked Singer Popcorn Really Taylor Dayne?," 11 Nov. 2020 Cedrice wrote a song for Open Heart Leaders, a mentorship and counseling organization. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local artists uplift work of southeastern San Diego nonprofits with virtual concert," 10 Nov. 2020 Osbourne wrote this song about giving up the drugs and alcohol for his partner, Sharon. Michella Oré, Glamour, "43 Best Thanksgiving Songs You Never Knew You Needed," 9 Nov. 2020 Miley also shared a video of the song being played by people in NYC as heard by some other residents. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Celebrates Biden Win By Blasting Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA"," 9 Nov. 2020 Yet by 1955 the advent of multitrack recording, in which the various parts of a song could be captured separately and then braided together, meant that a recording was no longer merely the document of a live, synchronous performance. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Secret Sounds of “Song Exploder”," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce song (audio)

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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