Definition of soul
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 universeb capitalized, Christian Science : god 1b
3 : a person's total self
4a : an active or essential partb : a moving spirit : leader
5a : the moral and emotional nature of human beingsb : the quality that arouses emotion and sentimentc : spiritual or moral force : fervor
6 : person not a soul in sight
7 : personification she is the soul of integrity
Examples of soul in a sentence
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
Origin and Etymology of soul
Middle English soule, from Old English sāwol; akin to Old High German sēula soul
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of soul
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of black Americans or their culture
2 : designed for or controlled by blacks
First Known Use of soul
SOUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of soul for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of soul for Students
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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