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

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes
Recent Examples on the Web Anderson’s basslines are clever, nuanced and soulful throughout. Matt Wake |, al, 29 July 2021 DJ JP Jones also developed a playlist that includes soulful tunes from artists like Grace Jones, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and Leon Bridges. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 29 July 2021 Simultaneously sophisticated and earthy, vibrant and urbane, her music is soulful and inviting even in its most challenging moments. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 Folksy influences suggestive of Eastern Europe or Russia appear in soulful melodies. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 Upon arrival at Good Vibes HTX located at 105 Sabine St., concert-goers will be able to enjoy soulful R&B music ahead of the performance and enjoy yoga sessions, visit counseling stations or shop with the many food and retail vendors on site. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 8 July 2021 Fraser with his soulful gaze and enormous grin who makes the movie — and likely saved it from oblivion. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 The new recording features tastes of jazz, funk, R&B, Latin and soul, all tied together with Bobby Lyle's soulful smooth jazz touch on the piano. Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Coming off The Handmaid's Tale, Sharp Objects, and Euphoria, Sweeney confirms herself as the generational representative for soulful perversity. Darren Franich,, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of soulful

1837, in the meaning defined above

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1 Aug 2021

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“Soulful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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