soul·​ful | \ ˈsōl-fəl How to pronounce soulful (audio) \

Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

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Other Words from soulful

soulfully \ ˈsōl-​fə-​lē How to pronounce soulfully (audio) \ adverb
soulfulness noun

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes
Recent Examples on the Web He can be ranked with Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin and Oscar Hammerstein II among the more soulful and ingenious lyricists in the American songbook. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Howard’ Review: Story of a Songsmith," 5 Aug. 2020 An American Pickle is neither the most substantial nor the most sophisticated comedy, but its soulful sweetness outweighs its flaws. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'An American Pickle': Film Review," 3 Aug. 2020 My box arrived, neatly packed with 15 creamy white peonies, 10 stems of upright bouvardia, 10 stems of soulful, green helleborus, and 20 stems of cheerful white spray roses. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Best Gift for a Flower Lover Is Moda Operandi's Flash Flower Box," 22 June 2020 And then—lo and behold!—it turns out this soulful beauty is free to the old house enthusiast who is willing to move it by June! Elizabeth Fallin, Country Living, "This White Farmhouse is *Free* if You're Willing to Move It!," 19 May 2020 Most of the original guesses were based solely on Miss Monster's voice, which a raspy, soulful ton. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is Miss Monster On 'The Masked Singer'? It Was Revealed To Be Singer Chaka Kahn," 13 Feb. 2020 The movie features solid, soulful R&B, stellar performances by Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, along with a fairly predictable plot. cleveland, "Before you watch ‘Hamilton,’ here are 15 movies based on Broadway musicals, ranked," 1 July 2020 The granddaddy of Florida jazz festivals, Clearwater Jazz Holiday (pictured above), draws quite the soulful crowd to Coachman Park each fall. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in Clearwater, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 29 June 2020 LaBelle who recently celebrated her 76th birthday shared some soulful and salient memories on the latest episode of Yes, Girl! Ashley J. Hobbs, Essence, "Patti LaBelle Remembers Making Black Music History at The Metropolitan Opera House," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of soulful

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Soulful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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