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drinking song

a song of hearty character suitable for singing by a group engaged in convivial drinking.
Origin of drinking song
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And so in "Hamlet" its drinking-song is one of the most celebrated numbers of the opera.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Here are a couple of verses of one, said to be the first carol or drinking-song composed in England.

  • And she ran the faster, and sang a drinking-song of the Spahis all the louder, because still at her heart a dull pain was aching.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • The church and parsonage are in plain view, and a solemn choral from within alternates with the drinking-song without.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • If any man expect from my poems the same easiness of style which he admires in a drinking-song, for him I have not written.

  • So the name of a love-sonnet or a drinking-song would sometimes be attached to a miserere.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • The origin of the drinking-song was due to the pleasant emotions and dreams which the indulgence in alcohol aroused.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • The drinking-song, from Anacreon down to all his imitators in Germany, occupies a special and very prominent place in literature.

    The Art of Drinking Georg Gottfried Gervinus
  • This composition ranks with the drinking-song in popularity.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • And he made his way homewards, singing a Greek drinking-song as he went.

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