Definition of song
1 : the act or art of singing
2 : poetical composition
3a : a short musical composition of words and musicb : 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 balladb : a poem easily set to music
6a : a habitual or characteristic mannerb : a violent, abusive, or noisy reaction put up quite a song
7 : a small amount sold for a song
songlikeplay \ˈsȯŋ-ˌlīk\ 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 of song from the Web
The song list is digital with 35,000 tunes to choose from.
The soundtrack to the film Days of Wine and Roses, featuring the saccharine title song by Andy Williams.
There's one glaring inconsistency, though: the song sounds as close to New York underground hip-hop as Timberland boots and Pelle Pelle leather.
Moon said of Sonja’s personal journey in helping create the song, which is being released this weekend on the Warrior Songs website.
And if that song’s famous shaker of salt remains lost, fans of the man and his brand of breezy, beachy hedonism still may have found their ideal escape. ‘
The newer songs, in contrast, were often revelatory.
Your best bet is this little blue bungalow, whose name pays homage to the Grateful Dead song.
The promoter Bill Graham, as important to the Dead’s success as anyone but constantly at odds with them, gets a passing mention; Robert Hunter, the reclusive lyricist behind many of the band’s best songs, sits for one brief scene.
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Origin and Etymology of song
Middle English, from Old English sang; akin to Old English singan to sing
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SONG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of song for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of song for Students
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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