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

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 song is set to be on her forthcoming album, her first in over a decade, which will be released on Verve Forecast early next year. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Mandy Moore Releases First Single in 10 Years — Watch the Video for 'When I Wasn't Watching'," 17 Sep. 2019 Stroud finds a spot to listen near the Cincinnati Men's Choir, which is performing the song. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "How moving a man and his store out of OTR proved worthy of song," 17 Sep. 2019 Members of the Emerald City Supporters left Sunday’s game after a capo, a supporter who leads fans in organized songs and chants during games, was ejected for waving an Iron Front flag. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Emerald City Supporters stage walkout during Sounders game to protest MLS ban on Iron Front symbol," 16 Sep. 2019 This is rootsy music, but — in terms of elements — the songs rise up from the earth and take flight into the upper air. John Adamian, courant.com, "Our picks for seven of this week’s can’t-miss concerts in Connecticut," 16 Sep. 2019 The song’s guitar splatters conjured lineage stretching from Chuck Berry. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How The Cars Upgraded Rock and Roll," 16 Sep. 2019 The Browns released a perfect remake of the Friends intro song following their win, fitted with the show's classic fountain, couch and unnecessary umbrellas. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Browns Perfectly Recreate 'Friends' Intro, Release Video After Win Over Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 Each of the youngsters convey their brief life and circumstance in song. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: ‘Ride the Cyclone’ is loopy, thoughtful, thoroughly enjoyable," 15 Sep. 2019 The latter sum translates to 365.4 million on-demand audio streams of the album’s 17 songs during the tracking week. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Post Malone Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Hollywood's Bleeding'," 15 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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of song was before the 12th century

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song

noun
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)

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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