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lullaby

[luhl-uh-bahy] /ˈlʌl əˌbaɪ/
noun, plural lullabies.
1.
a song used to lull a child to sleep; cradlesong.
2.
any lulling song.
verb (used with object), lullabied, lullabying.
3.
to lull with or as with a lullaby.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; equivalent to lulla, lulla(y), interjection used in cradlesongs (late Middle English lullai, lulli) + -by, as in bye-bye
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British Dictionary definitions for lullabies

lullaby

/ˈlʌləˌbaɪ/
noun (pl) -bies
1.
a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
2.
the music for such a song
verb -bies, -bying, -bied
3.
(transitive) to quiet or soothe with or as if with a lullaby
Word Origin
C16: perhaps a blend of lull + goodbye
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Word Origin and History for lullabies

lullaby

n.

1560s, lulley by, from Middle English lollai, lullay, from lullen (see lull (v.)). Second element perhaps from by-by "good-by."

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