\ 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

Other Words from song

songlike \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce song (audio) \ adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the others paying homage in song were Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the pairing of Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell. Variety, NBC News, 16 May 2022 In the song’s music video, Lamar stands alone, using deepfake technology to morph into famous doppelgängers. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Among the others paying homage in song were Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and the pairing of Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell. Chris Willman, Variety, 15 May 2022 Rappers like Drake and Travis Scott have paid tribute to the originator in song. Chris O'connell, Chron, 15 May 2022 Through his unlikely friendship with advertising executive and motivational guru Gary Vaynerchuk, whom Lil Keed name-dropped in song, the rapper nearly appeared in a 2019 Super Bowl commercial for Planters with Mr. Peanut and Alex Rodriguez. Joe Coscarelli,, 14 May 2022 Carla Morrison reclaims her mental health in song and on social media. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart commemorated the show in song; decades later, so did Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Lamar also takes on the appearances of the late Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle towards the end of the video, where Lamar seemingly raps from Hussle's perspective during several lines that are featured in the song. Nicholas Rice,, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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\ 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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