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

And in its diverse maturity, funk could respond to the demands of the market, and straddle the worlds of R&B, soul, jazz and disco. chicagotribune.com, "The 6 hottest Chicago shows to see right now," 13 Sep. 2019 The family festival features Latino group Bulevar Descarga who will perform music from both sides of the border, including classic rock, soul, reggae, funk, groove, classical and Latin jazz. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do this weekend: KAABOO Del Mar, Hispanic Heritage Month, Santee Bluegrass Festival and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The group, whose flashy road show made it a must-see in its heyday, is still a nimble live act capable of putting over beloved tunes that blend soul, rock, jazz and African music. Los Angeles Times, "In praise of Earth, Wind & Fire, purveyor of black excellence for a half-century," 12 Sep. 2019 If Americans didn’t feel the soul of a nation was fit to be tested in 1959, there would be no doubt in the following decade. Johnny Simon, Quartzy, "Robert Frank exposed an America that Americans weren’t ready to see," 11 Sep. 2019 His iconic food, deep love of Memphis, and generous soul, made an indelible impact in our community and beyond. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Memphis BBQ Legend Nick Vergos of Rendezvous Has Died," 6 Sep. 2019 Independent leagues can offer salvation for some of baseball’s wayward souls, and Bichette took advantage. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Orangewood Christian’s Dante Bichette Jr. thrives in minors after stint in independent baseball," 3 Sep. 2019 And my opportunity to help, along with these brave souls, birth a new understanding and possibility for the world. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Diving into the unfolding history of wrecked slave ships," 22 Aug. 2019 Nourish the soul, feed the hungry Brendan Kelly, the Bishop of Galway, will celebrate the festival's annual Liturgy for Peace and Justice at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From Galway to Milwaukee, what you need to know about Irish Fest, including admission deals and carry-in rules," 12 Aug. 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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