lul·​la·​by | \ ˈlə-lə-ˌbī How to pronounce lullaby (audio) \
plural lullabies

Definition of lullaby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soothing refrain specifically : a song to quiet children or lull them to sleep


lullabied; lullabying

Definition of lullaby (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to quiet with or as if with a lullaby

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lullaby

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of lullaby in a Sentence

Verb reclining peacefully on the deck, lullabied by the gentle motion of the ship
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The handyman Boyle traumatized with baby talk has an alibi, which is revealed to Jake via lullaby. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Parent testers highlighted the breadth of sounds and lullaby options to play for their babies. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Roa-Dugan: The dad would come out and push a button and then a lullaby would play all throughout the hospital, letting everybody know that there was a baby born. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021 That creamy, boozy concoction is as synonymous with a beach vacation as the rhythmic lullaby of crashing waves and the fiery hues of a spectacular sunset. Bob Carlton |, al, 14 July 2021 My compact 2-in-1 fan has turned out to be the grownup alternative to a lullaby. Braelyn Wood,, 25 May 2021 This song, first recorded by country singer Jimmie Davis in 1940, is heard often in the U.S. and is often sung as a lullaby. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 The popular Rockabye Baby series is releasing a lullaby version of the album and its nine tracks on Friday, with all proceeds going to organizations supporting racial justice, according to producers. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2021 Perry also praised Beckham for transforming the lullaby. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The original is lullaby-like in its simple softness and was fittingly featured in Richard Linklater's epic 2014 film Boyhood. Natalie Maher, Billboard, 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lullaby


1573, in the meaning defined above


1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lullaby


obsolete English lulla, interjection used to lull a child (from Middle English) + bye, interjection used to lull a child, from Middle English by

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The first known use of lullaby was in 1573

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“Lullaby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lullaby

: a song used to help a child fall asleep


lul·​la·​by | \ ˈlə-lə-ˌbī How to pronounce lullaby (audio) \
plural lullabies

Kids Definition of lullaby

: a song for helping a baby or child fall asleep

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