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

That began a friendship that spans five decades of adventures, soul searching conversation, musical milestones and camaraderie. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Meet Bob Dylan’s pal from summer camp in this week’s literary events," 4 Aug. 2019 There are several enticing reasons to attend Thursday’s tribute the late vocal great Nancy Wilson, who died last year and soared to equal heights whether performing jazz, soul or pop. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nancy Wilson tribute concert to feature vocal great Mary Stallings," 4 Aug. 2019 Rosén said there isn’t anything unique in the Swedish soul that has made so many across the country so concerned about flying. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 Dance maven Blue Star’s classic Ladies of the Peek-A-Boo Lounge will put on disco/soul revue Solid Gold (8 p.m., 511 Virginia Drive in Orlando, $15-$22, thevenueorlando.com). Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando gives burlesque fans plenty of reasons to cheer," 31 July 2019 Luckily, Pathfinder players don’t need to engage in any deep soul searching to set the table for this Second Edition. Sam Ferguson, Ars Technica, "How to follow-up Pathfinder? Improve the game, don’t radically change its character," 30 July 2019 Tonight: Lalah Hathaway will sing songs by her father, the soul singer Donny Hathaway, outdoors at Lincoln Center. New York Times, "An Upstate Culture Crawl, Thanks to a $2 Trolley That Drops You Door to Door," 24 July 2019 In Indianapolis, the native of Liverpool, England, will share a bill with fellow soul singers Joe, Jazmine Sullivan and Stokley Williams. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Marsha Ambrosius will bring 'brutal honesty' to Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration show," 19 July 2019 Eclectic soul singer Bettye LaVette will headline Black Arts Fest MKE on Aug. 3 at Maier Festival Park. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Singer Bettye LaVette will headline Black Arts Fest MKE on Aug. 3," 16 July 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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