\ 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


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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The movie features the music of the late George Michael, including the song the film is named for, which is basically a cherry on top of this whole situation. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Trailer for Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding's Last Christmas Is So Charming," 14 Aug. 2019 And yes, the iconic song by Wham does make an appearance! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in New "Last Christmas" Trailer Are Holiday Rom-Com Couple Goals," 14 Aug. 2019 The Lion King The photo-realistic computer graphics make this latest version of Simba’s saga look like a wildlife documentary, but somehow the realism of the visuals renders the songs inappropriate, ridiculous and unwelcome., "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 Apparently the Department of Public Works is waiting for the song's popularity to fade before replacing the signs again. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Old Town Road Is a Real Street in Massachusetts, and People Keep Stealing Its Signs," 13 Aug. 2019 The album features nostalgic songs from the likes of Madonna, The Who, and Patsy Cline. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "The “Stranger Things 3” soundtrack is America’s top-selling vinyl album," 12 Aug. 2019 The moving lyrics of the song are intended to address some of the struggles faced by the brave men and women who have served. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Zac Brown Band’s New Song 'Warrior' Is a Powerful Tribute to the U.S. Military," 12 Aug. 2019 Los Tigres had the support of John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash, and the song was written in collaboration with daughter-in-law Ana Cristina Cash. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Los Tigres del Norte tease Netflix doc with 'La Prision de Folsom (Folsom Prison Blues)'," 9 Aug. 2019 Before the last song of the last show of a two-night stand at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, guitar legend Eric Clapton stepped up to the microphone. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "20 years later, remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan's death and saluting his legacy," 8 Aug. 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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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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