song

noun
\ 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

Synonyms for song

Synonyms

ballad, ditty, jingle, lay, lyric, vocal

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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

The two Hinjabi songs in Jabariya Jodi continues two traditions. Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "The Tamils, Bengalis, Marathis, and Assamese of Bollywood can love only in Punjabi," 6 Sep. 2019 That’s the case with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, a game that previously debuted on the Wii U, featuring a new song, new story elements, and of course the portability aspect that wasn’t there previously. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Nintendo Fan Than Now," 5 Sep. 2019 The ships, which were among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology, are the subject of multiple songs, poems and novels. Fox News, "Incredible images reveal 'frozen-in-time' shipwreck HMS Terror," 29 Aug. 2019 They are known for their characteristic song — a complex warbling repertoire. David Crawshaw, Washington Post, "Angry birds: Swooping Australian magpie causes fatal cyclist crash," 18 Sep. 2019 They are known for their characteristic song — a complex, warbling repertoire. BostonGlobe.com, "It’s springtime Down Under, and along with overexuberant local football fans, that means another annual menace on Australian streets: angry birds.," 17 Sep. 2019 Besides her catchy songs, Doja Cat has also created an eclectic aesthetic that includes her corky fashion finds and eye-catching videos. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ENVSN Fest: Doja Cat Should Be On Your Radar," 16 Sep. 2019 Through it all, there was no mention of trade relations or species on the verge of extinction or tsunami relief or the official song of the World Cup. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 The songs range from jazz to klezmer to piano ballads and more. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Transparent: Musicale Finale': TV Review," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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song

noun

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)

song

noun
\ 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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