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

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 These boys will not stop throwing their soul on the pitch, 100%. Ben Church And Darren Lewis, CNN, "'These boys will not stop': Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eyes potential points record after winning title," 26 June 2020 Matthew is a firm believer in the importance of physical activity and its benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Matthew McConaughey is Quietly Helping Thousands of At-Risk Teens Excel in High School," 24 June 2020 Nothing could keep me from doing what my body and soul commanded—no demanded. Dave Grohl, The Atlantic, "How Far Does the Apple Fall From the Tree?," 21 June 2020 The organization continually points to its West Dallas academy as a window into its soul, and the facility is indeed a game-changer. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "With baseball on its knees, Rangers ownership has whiffed on another chance to lead a community in crisis," 19 June 2020 The traditions of hundreds of thousands of rabid fans give IMS its soul, as Pagenaud said, but that race is what brings it to life. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Why fans are vital to the Indy 500: 'A 500 without fans is a 500 I don't wanna race'," 13 June 2020 Most importantly, the league needs to look deep inside its soul and address the larger cultural question: Should the calling of balls and strikes be more a science than an art? Popular Science, "Major League Baseball is nearing the era of the robot umpire," 9 June 2020 Other tragedies in recent years have prompted similar nationwide soul searching over Confederate monuments, which some people regard as inappropriate tributes to the South's slave-holding past. Alan Suderman, Anchorage Daily News, "Virginia governor expected to announce plan to remove statue of Robert E. Lee," 4 June 2020 Other tragedies in recent years have prompted nationwide soul searching over Confederate monuments, which some people regard as inappropriate tributes to the South’s slave-holding past. Alan Suderman And Sarah Rankin, USA TODAY, "Virginia governor expected to announce removal of Robert E. Lee statue from Richmond's Monument Avenue," 4 June 2020 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

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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Soul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soul. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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soul

noun
How to pronounce soul (audio)

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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