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

psyche, spirit

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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

Vasona Vibrations The concert series, which sees Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to host free, family-friendly concerts in support of Second Harvest Food Bank, continues with Jessica Johnson performing soul, R&B and jazz. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of July 12," 7 July 2019 The drawbacks of holding the fantasy football postseason in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 of the NFL season (or, for some poor souls, Week 17) are threefold. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Hold Your Fantasy Playoffs During the NFL Playoffs, You Cowards," 5 July 2019 In his narration and chats with Murray, Wyman is genial and informative; a largely contained, humble, reflective soul. Gary Goldstein, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Quiet One’ captures essence of the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman," 4 July 2019 Get your groove on with soul, blues and brass music. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: Explore The Flavors Of New Orleans At These Black-Owned Hot Spots," 2 July 2019 The three-day service is in keeping with Hmong tradition, which holds that the time is needed for the soul to travel to its birthplace, the afterlife and eventually reincarnation. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live Video: Visitation service for Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her," 29 June 2019 Spirituality and joy always have been part of Wonder’s music, and song after song offered medicine for the soul in an angry world. John Meyer, The Know, "Stevie Wonder plays Red Rocks for first time, with Usher joining him on stage," 25 June 2019 All of that made the demolition of 5Pointz, a legendary graffiti venue in Long Island City, Queens, an unlikely battleground for the soul of the art form. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019 Specializing in Motown, R&B, soul, jazz and blues, the band performs hits ranging from the ‘60s to today. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Mighty Untouchables kick off Poway summer concert series June 23," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Learn soul line-dances choreographed to R&B, jazz, gospel and Latin tunes. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Woman of the Year awards given," 9 July 2018 Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for nine touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (Aug. 12): Soul stops Brigade in playoff opener," 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, "Montgomery County community calendar July 27-Aug. 3, 2017," 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, "This Miami music startup brings a recording studio to your phone," 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

1958, 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

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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