\ 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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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 During the 1980s even some U.K. bands expressed in song their fondness for red, white and blue spoils. Matt Wake |, al, "10 very ‘Merica hard-rock/metal lyrics from the ’80s," 2 July 2020 The song also will be played during the full slate of those Week 1 Sunday afternoon games, during Sunday Night Football and during the two ESPN Monday night games, the source says. Jill Martin, CNN, "The NFL plans to play the Black national anthem before Week 1 games," 2 July 2020 Now imagine hearing that signature sound after every single line in the song. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Someone added almost 50 extra wolf whistles to Steve Miller's 'The Joker,' and it's hilarious," 1 July 2020 The song ended up making it on the album, despite initial hesitations. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Diana Ross Was Warned That 'I'm Coming Out' Would Ruin Her Career," 1 July 2020 Within days of the album's release, the song went viral across the internet, its celebration of dark skin — a blatant rejection of a rampant culture of colorism —resonating with Black people all over the world. Ineye Komonibo,, "Blue Ivy, The Only Human Allowed To Outshine Beyoncé, Made History At The BET Awards," 29 June 2020 The music from Beyond the Sea was inspired by the song La Mer, by French composer Charles Trenet. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, "The 30 Best Songs About the Beach," 29 June 2020 The song also won Beyoncé and Blue Ivy a Soul Train Music Award last year. Washington Post, "BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political," 29 June 2020 The song also won Beyoncé and Blue Ivy a Soul Train Music Award last year. CBS News, "BET Awards reflect protests over racial injustice," 29 June 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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 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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