soul

noun
\ ˈsōl How to pronounce soul (audio) \

Definition of soul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life
2a : the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe
b capitalized, Christian Science : god sense 1b
3 : a person's total self
4a : an active or essential part
b : a moving spirit : leader
5a : the moral and emotional nature of human beings
b : the quality that arouses emotion and sentiment
c : spiritual or moral force : fervor
6 : person not a soul in sight
7 : personification she is the soul of integrity
8a : a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) conveyed especially by African American performers
b : cultural consciousness and pride among people of African heritage
d : soul food

soul

adjective

Definition of soul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of Black Americans or their culture
2 : designed for or controlled by blacks

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Synonyms for soul

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of soul in a Sentence

Noun the souls of the dead He could not escape the guilt that he felt in the inner recesses of his soul. Some poor soul was asking for handouts on the street. a village of barely a hundred souls
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Future inductees will cover a variety of musical genres including blues, soul, R&B, funk, hip hop, bluegrass and country. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 24 July 2021 Each weekend finds two shows geared toward adults, with a wide range of jazz, soul, Latin and classical music, and a family show on Sunday mornings (see below). Washington Post, 23 July 2021 There’s soul and funk and disco and everything in between. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2021 According to a press release from Aurora Public Art, local entertainment promoter Jalen Woodson of WeVibe2VIbe will be bringing local hip-hop, soul, gospel and rap musicians to the event. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, 7 July 2021 Behind Fleming's sometimes-gruff exterior, Wegs found a gentle, thoughtful soul. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 In Copenhagen, Spain rediscovered that joyous, unrestrained soul. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Sometimes, more recent Prides feel like a gentrified neighborhood losing its original ethnic or racial soul, or a former friend disappearing into a dysfunctional relationship and after time bearing little resemblance to their former self. Pamela Sneed, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 June 2021 Ethan Hawke portrays Brown as a comic, mad, charismatic, and committed soul in a flashy, impressive performance. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Learn soul line-dances choreographed to R&B, jazz, gospel and Latin tunes. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 July 2018 Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for nine touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. baltimoresun.com, 13 Aug. 2017 Harper’s Cabin Learn about the history, nutrition and culture of African American foods, and about how soul food became important to African American families, their churches and social gatherings. Washington Post, 26 July 2017 Among its fans is soul artist Jimmy Levy of Miami, who was encouraged by his manager to try RecordGram, Mendelson said. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of soul

Noun

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

Adjective

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soul

Noun

Middle English soule, from Old English sāwol; akin to Old High German sēula soul

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The first known use of soul was before the 12th century

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“Soul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soul. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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soul

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soul

: the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever
: a person's deeply felt moral and emotional nature
: the ability of a person to feel kindness and sympathy for others, to appreciate beauty and art, etc.

soul

noun
\ ˈsōl How to pronounce soul (audio) \

Kids Definition of soul

1 : the spiritual part of a person believed to give life to the body
2 : the essential or most important part of something This room is the soul of the house.
3 : a person who leads or stirs others to action : leader He was the soul of the campaign.
4 : a person's moral and emotional nature I felt my soul rebel against the injustice.
5 : human being : person a kind soul
6 : a style of music expressing deep emotion that was created by African-Americans

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