Definition of song
1 : the act or art of singing
2 : poetical composition
3a : a short musical composition of words and musicb : 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 balladb : a poem easily set to music
6a : a habitual or characteristic mannerb : a violent, abusive, or noisy reaction <put up quite a song>
7 : a small amount <sold for a song>
songlikeplay \-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.
Origin and Etymology of song
Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing
First Known Use: before 12th century
SONG Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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