\ 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 songs were great, the vocals were wonderful, the musicianship was nonpareil. Chuck Yarborough,, "Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the Who take Blossom fans on an ‘Amazing Journey’ into our lost youth," 11 Sep. 2019 The film tracks the genre from the southern Appalachian songs of the Carter Family to the stadium strut of Garth Brooks. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Coal miner’s daughter in Custer, Washington’: Ken Burns documentary explores country music’s roots, reach," 10 Sep. 2019 Each song was a vivid reminder of Frampton’s roots in the British blues-rock heyday with Humble Pie, these solos frequently interrupted by applause, as in a jazz show. Ben Crandell,, "Review/Photos: Peter Frampton makes a powerful final statement in West Palm Beach," 7 Sep. 2019 The song was briefly played in the halftime show, which featured Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi, but still disappointed music fans and SpongeBob enthusiasts everywhere for not getting more love. Jenna West,, "Clemson's Band Celebrates Win Over Texas A&M by Playing SpongeBob's 'Sweet Victory'," 7 Sep. 2019 The song is a new one by the Dire Straits frontman and reluctant Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Mark Knopfler stops time in Sugar Land," 7 Sep. 2019 Leach, the chef behind rooftop taqueria sister Tope and The Hoxton’s unnamed basement bar, will remain at the helm of Lovely Rita, which takes its name from the Beatles song. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lovely Rita to replace La Neta at the Hoxton Hotel," 7 Sep. 2019 The 30-second song could be broken down into a 3-second subset. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 The song is spending its first week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Taylor Swift's 'I Forgot That You Existed'," 6 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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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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