1
: the act or art of singing
2
: poetical composition
3
a
: 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)
5
a
: a melody for a lyric poem or ballad
b
: a poem easily set to music
6
a
: 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
songlike 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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the camera panned out, various Outlander cast members were seen dancing to the song in their section. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 The song dropped this week, just ahead of Templeman’s second studio album, Radiosoul. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 7 June 2024 But the video doesn't seem to imply the song is autobiographical, instead placing the track in a world of fantasy. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 7 June 2024 It is complemented by a laser that projects text onto the palm of a user’s hand for tasks like skipping a song while playing music. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for song 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Song.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/song. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

song

noun
1
: the act or art of singing
2
: poetical composition : poetry
3
: a short piece of music with words intended to be sung
4
: a characteristic sound or series of sounds (as of a bird)
5
a
: a melody for a lyric poem or ballad
b
: a poem easily set to music
6
: a small amount
can be bought for a song

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