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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 \ 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

Apple Music users will be able to ask Alexa to play favorite songs, artists, and albums, as well as any of the streaming service’s curated playlists and radio stations. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple Music is coming to Echo devices next month," 30 Nov. 2018 Now in its fourth and final season, the series is finally making Rebecca confront all that has gone wrong in her life, while also putting her through the song-and-dance paces. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The CW embraces musical comedy in this brilliant gem.," 20 Nov. 2018 Just like your favorite song can instantly put you in a good mood, the right music can dust away the proverbial cobwebs. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 In between songs, McCartney autographs the Penny Lane wall and visits his childhood home. Fox News, "James Corden tears up during Paul McCartney's Liverpool 'Carpool Karaoke' visit," 2 Oct. 2018 But they are trained in the arts of dance, song, and especially conversation. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard editors Suzette Fernandez and Jessica Roiz. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: Best Music Picks of the Week by Wisin, Karol G & More," 13 July 2018 Nature Tots Meets 4th Thursday: Kids (ages 2-4) and parents can join a parks naturalist and learn about nature with stories, songs, arts and crafts. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Yankee heard [the song] through my management team about a year ago or so and fell in love with the record. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Kim Viera's Music Video For "Como" With Daddy Yankee Celebrates Puerto Rico's Resilience," 13 July 2018

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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)


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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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