song

noun \ ˈsȯŋ \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of song

1 : the act or art of singing
2 : poetical composition
3 a : 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)
5 a : a melody for a lyric poem or ballad
b : a poem easily set to music
6 a : 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

songlike

play \ˈsȯŋ-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of song in a Sentence

  1. He sang a love song.

  2. The song was playing on the radio.

  3. The event was celebrated in song by a folk group.

  4. I could hear the song of a sparrow.

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Origin and Etymology of song

Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing



SONG Defined for English Language Learners

song

noun

Definition of song for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

song

noun \ ˈsȯŋ \

Definition of song for Students

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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