\ 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Katzmann also ordered Palmer to pay costs and scrub all copies of his version of the song from the Web. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’: Twisted Sister Win Copyright Battle In Australia," 30 Apr. 2021 The pair’s precise harmonies and grandiose vocal runs match the over-the-top energy of the song’s suspenseful organ and strings. Natalia Barr, WSJ, "From Doja Cat to Prince: the Best Songs You Should Be Listening to Right Now," 30 Apr. 2021 Hughes created the music video to accompany the recent release of the song. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Watch the music video two Booker T. and Richardson grads created about the COVID-19 pandemic," 27 Apr. 2021 In the realm of song, critics took note of her sensitivity, smooth lines, intimacy, control and mastery of the text. New York Times, "Christa Ludwig, Mezzo-Soprano of Velvety Hues, Is Dead at 93," 25 Apr. 2021 The two rappers performed an edited version of the song at the Grammys. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardi B, Glenn Grothman clash over 'WAP' performance," 22 Apr. 2021 The chief function of song in most species is to proclaim territory. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Bird song, Earth Day are reminders of what's at stake," 22 Apr. 2021 Her first public performance of the song took place on May 2, 2019. Joe Baur,, "Austrian musician, politician records protest songs in Yiddish," 21 Apr. 2021 Warwick’s version feels rushed, but this is a song that needs space to maximize its drama. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, "Flashback: Luther Vandross Stuns Dionne Warwick With ‘A House Is Not a Home’," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Song.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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