Definition of song in English:

song

noun

  • 1A short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung.

    ‘a pop song’
    • ‘In fact, it is one of the most memorable pop songs in recent Australian music history.’
    • ‘The answer is probably that they have shunned the idea of writing short and sweet pop songs.’
    • ‘The idea for the book first came about when Mildred wrote a short song with the title words in it.’
    • ‘He was always splendid with children and he would amuse them by singing songs from the opera and the music hall.’
    • ‘You will be required to sing a short song of your choice and demonstrate your acting skills on the day.’
    • ‘A song's words, music tabulation and guitar chords are all as well-protected by copyright law as the sound recording they're heard in.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to sing a song or recite a poem are welcome to do so.’
    • ‘It's shorter than a pop song on the radio and barely the length of a commercial TV break.’
    • ‘Do a bit of exercising, sing a song, read a poem, watch a sunrise or water your garden.’
    • ‘Music was dear to her heart and Delia had a fondness for Irish music and the old songs and ballads.’
    • ‘She would mention a word and I would have to sing an Elvis song with that word in it.’
    • ‘A Swedish pop group sang a song about a battle that the English won.’
    • ‘The sheet music of the song leaves no doubt that Reg Bolton wrote the words, the music being composed by Jimmy Sutton.’
    • ‘Some slaves even joined in her song by singing the words they knew.’
    • ‘It used to be, even in pop music, that you sang a song of heartache to get it off your mind, to share with others so maybe you wouldn't hurt so much.’
    • ‘The choir will be performing a range of different musical styles from show tunes and pop songs to church music.’
    • ‘He'd love to form a band, impress the girls and sing pop songs in broken English.’
    • ‘What she actually offers is a load of manufactured pop songs, sung in a slightly affected posh voice.’
    • ‘They could all get up and sing a song or 10, and they all knew the songs and sang along!’
    • ‘Many households bought parlour pianos and needed music and songs to play and sing.’
    air, strain, ditty, melody, tune, popular song, pop song, number, track
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Singing or vocal music.
      ‘the pilgrims broke into song’
      • ‘Some of the pan players broke into song, adding flair to the band's rendition as the pan sticks belted down the pulsating rhythms.’
      • ‘Music, song, dance and recitation were the order of the night in Rathkeale.’
      • ‘Cultural Industry's show is a triumph of theatre puppetry, mime, music and song over modern technology and effects.’
      • ‘Yet something happens in the repetition of simple phrases put to song.’
      • ‘They broke into song, Shakespearean renditions of a day in the life of an audience member, and even a flashback to Blade.’
      • ‘Poetry and song would be inadequate to tell what those two villages said to me during my growing.’
      • ‘The concert will feature the Creagh family and friends, with poetry and song.’
      • ‘Harvey, who then broke into song and rendered the hymn, Never Get Weary, was quickly accompanied by the congregation.’
      • ‘He had a taste for poetry and song, and he generally lived up to the chivalric code.’
      • ‘There was song, dance, poetry and recitations and prayers in thanksgiving for Bridgie's major recovery during the year.’
      • ‘A happy life after death coincided with fame here on earth, where people would remember you in poetry and song.’
      • ‘The birds were in full song in the trees, busily making nests or feeding young.’
      • ‘The program of events also includes a parade, public address, folk dance, song, and poetry recitation.’
      • ‘Music, song, story and recitation flowed, while caterers saw no one went without a drink and grub.’
      • ‘The people of Thembelihle, a new township on the outskirts of Lenasia in the far south, broke into song to welcome the mayor.’
      • ‘As the singer came out again, she broke into song, the band behind accompanying her svelte, smooth voice.’
      • ‘Your audiences will appreciate those who have lived the life they share with you in their humor, poetry and song.’
      • ‘The event will begin on Saturday evening in Newtown Church with an evening of music, song and recital.’
      • ‘Slow music stared, and then Emmet broke into song with his sweet voice.’
      • ‘But, neither of us was making any success with anything until Tae-Hyun broke into song.’
    2. 1.2A musical composition suggestive of a song.
      • ‘He composed some 700 songs, which makes him one of the most prolific song composers since Schubert.’
      • ‘The song has three stanzas of six lines, carrying four stresses downbeats separated by upbeats.’
    3. 1.3A poem, especially one in rhymed stanzas.
      ‘The Song of Hiawatha’
      • ‘The song of the poet himself will reanimate the memory of Troy and rescue it from the dark tombs.’
      • ‘Last of the song's three stanzas, it is suitable comment on the achievement of a dedicated scholar.’
      • ‘Pamphilia to Amphilanthus then closes with a series of four songs and nine sonnets.’
      • ‘This tribute to the continuing fecundity of the royal marriage reworks the earlier song of Amianteros, with its celebration of natural abundance.’
      • ‘Now is come the last age of the song of Cumae; the great line of the centuries begins anew.’
      • ‘Poetry in the early seventeenth century is not yet the song of the self.’
      • ‘The elegiac sonnet provides this opportunity for the poet, for it literally becomes a song of mourning.’
    4. 1.4archaic [mass noun]Poetry.
      • ‘The full text of the lyrical song is as follows.’
  • 2[mass noun] The musical phrases uttered by some birds, whales, and insects, typically forming a recognizable and repeated sequence and used chiefly for territorial defence or for attracting mates.

    • ‘Science journalist David Baron reports on new research using information theory to codify the patterns of whale song.’
    • ‘Males attract mates using song, iridescent plumage and dramatic display flights.’
    • ‘In Bolivia, in two square kilometers, in one week, he recognized 243 bird species just by song.’
    • ‘Geographic variation in song among suboscine birds has been taken to indicate genetic divergence.’
    • ‘We only took up birding in April and lack a great deal of fundamental knowledge of bird habitat, habits, and song.’
    • ‘And birds have a great advantage over all other animals: song.’
    • ‘Hooligans are not reformed by Mozart, so much as driven away by a noise that is as alien and hostile to their world as whale song to a camel herd.’
    • ‘Barn swallow song consists of sequences of various song types organized in bouts.’
    • ‘Males and females differ in plumage and song, produced in duets or separately.’
    • ‘Usually early migrants, the first ouzel's song echoes round the hills and the first birds fall prey to merlins and peregrines.’
    • ‘He whistles, inexpertly trying to mimic the bird's song, then stops and grins.’
    • ‘Chaffinches and cowbirds are not the only birds that teach song to their young.’
    • ‘Each species has its own distinct patterns of electric discharges that it uses to communicate, much like birds use song.’
    • ‘Learn how to use field marks, habitat, behavior, and song to identify birds.’
    • ‘Few studies have investigated any aspect of song in suboscine passerines.’
    • ‘In dunnocks, females may use song to compete for males, and in the alpine accentor, females attract males by song.’
    • ‘The Winter Wren is a tiny woodland bird whose song is as elaborate as its plumage is drab.’
    • ‘This bird has a beautiful trilling song, but it is not delivered in the fall.’
    • ‘Why females should pay attention to male song when choosing mates is less well understood, however.’
    • ‘The song can sound like hoots and whistles, in a repeating pattern similar to that of a mockingbird or thrasher.’
    calling, chirping, cheeping, peeping, chirruping, warbling, trilling, twitter, twittering, whistling, piping, birdsong
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Origin

Old English sang, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zang and German Sang, also to sing.

Pronunciation:

song

/sɒŋ/

Definition of Song in English:

Song

(also Sung)

proper noun

  • A dynasty that ruled in China ad 960–1279.

Pronunciation:

Song

/sɒŋ/