[sawng, song]
a short metrical composition intended or adapted for singing, especially one in rhymed stanzas; a lyric; a ballad.
a musical piece adapted for singing or simulating a piece to be sung: Mendelssohn's “Songs without Words.”
poetical composition; poetry.
the art or act of singing; vocal music.
something that is sung.
an elaborate vocal signal produced by an animal, as the distinctive sounds produced by certain birds, frogs, etc., in a courtship or territorial display.
for a song, at a very low price; as a bargain: We bought the rug for a song when the estate was auctioned off.

before 900; Middle English song, sang, Old English; cognate with German Sang, Old Norse sǫngr, Gothic saggws

songlike, adjective Unabridged


noun Pinyin.
Ailing [ahy-ling] , Soong, Ai-ling.
Qingling [ching-ling] , Soong, Ching-ling.
Meiling [mey-ling] , Soong, Mei-ling.
Ziwen [zœ-wuhn] , Soong, Tse-ven.
5. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To song
World English Dictionary
song (sɒŋ)
1.  a.  a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp one intended for performance by a soloist
 b.  the whole repertory of such pieces
 c.  (as modifier): a song book
2.  poetical composition; poetry
3.  the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects
4.  the act or process of singing: they raised their voices in song
5.  for a song at a bargain price
6.  informal (Brit) on song performing at peak efficiency or ability
[Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing]

Song (sʊŋ)
the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung

Soong or Song (sʊŋ)
an influential Chinese family, notably Soong Ch'ing-ling (1890--1981), who married Sun Yat-sen and became a vice-chairman of the People's Republic of China (1959); and Soong Mei-ling (1898-2003), who married Chiang Kai-shek
Song or Song

Sung or Song (sʊŋ)
an imperial dynasty of China (960--1279 ad), notable for its art, literature, and philosophy
Song or Song

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. sang "art of singing, a metrical composition adapted for singing," from P.Gmc. *sangwaz (cf. O.N. söngr, Norw. song, Swed. sång, O.S., Dan., O.Fris., O.H.G., Ger. sang, M.Du. sanc, Du. zang, Goth. saggws), related to sing (q.v.). Songbook is O.E. sangboc; song-bird
is from 1774; songster is O.E. sangystre. Phrase for a song is from "All's Well" III.ii.9. With a song in (one's) heart "feeling of joy" is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; fig. sense of "rigmarole" is from 1895.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with song, also see for a song; swan song.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for song
The song bo diddley was based on the lullaby hush little baby.
During its initial release the song spent several weeks atop the your hit
  parade charts.
Mentioned in the sonic youth song trilogy from the album daydream nation.
Into every song, almost as if he was incapable of holding back.
Idioms & Phrases
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature