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song

[sawng, song] /sɔŋ, sɒŋ/
noun
1.
a short metrical composition intended or adapted for singing, especially one in rhymed stanzas; a lyric; a ballad.
2.
a musical piece adapted for singing or simulating a piece to be sung: Mendelssohn's “Songs without Words.”.
3.
poetical composition; poetry.
4.
the art or act of singing; vocal music.
5.
something that is sung.
6.
an elaborate vocal signal produced by an animal, as the distinctive sounds produced by certain birds, frogs, etc., in a courtship or territorial display.
Idioms
7.
for a song, at a very low price; as a bargain:
We bought the rug for a song when the estate was auctioned off.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English song, sang, Old English; cognate with German Sang, Old Norse sǫngr, Gothic saggws
Related forms
songlike, adjective

Song

[sawng] /sɔŋ/
noun, Pinyin.
1.
Ailing
[ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
Soong, Ai-ling.
2.
Qingling
[ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
Soong, Ching-ling.
3.
Meiling
[mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
Soong, Mei-ling.
4.
Ziwen
[zœ-wuhn] /ˈzœˈwʌn/ (Show IPA),
Soong, Tse-ven.
5.
Sung.
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Examples from the web for songs
  • The parody songs generally make light of current events or celebrities in the news.
  • songs typically comment on the action taking place in the movie, in several ways.
  • Again also used to describe additional songs played at the end of a gig.
  • The sessions yielded eight songs, including my baby left me and blue suede shoes.
  • The scripts of his movies were all the same, the songs progressively worse.
  • Often their building is accompanied by marching songs and various doozer chants.
  • Many of their songs are very old and are said to date back to the old kingdom of mali.
  • Many widely recognized songs have been turned into singing calls.
  • The last two songs on the album were written after his aneurysm procedure.
  • The album consists of three songs written previously and seven new songs, all by young.
British Dictionary definitions for songs

song

/sɒŋ/
noun
1.
  1. a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp one intended for performance by a soloist
  2. the whole repertory of such pieces
  3. (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.
(Brit, informal) on song, performing at peak efficiency or ability
Derived Forms
songlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing

Song

/sʊŋ/
noun
1.
the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung
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Word Origin and History for songs

song

n.

Old English sang "voice, song, art of singing; metrical composition adapted for singing, psalm, poem," from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (cf. Old Norse söngr, Norwegian song, Swedish sång, Old Saxon, Danish, Old Frisian, Old High German, German sang, Middle Dutch sanc, Dutch zang, Gothic saggws), from PIE *songwh-o- "singing, song," from *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation" (see sing (v.)).

Phrase for a song "for a trifle, for little or nothing" is from "All's Well" III.ii.9 (the identical image, por du son, is in Old French. With a song in (one's) heart "feeling joy" is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; figurative sense of "rigmarole" is from 1895.

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Slang definitions & phrases for songs

something the cat brought in

noun phrase

Something or someone bedraggled, perhaps due to weather (1928+)

Related Terms

like something the cat dragged in


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songs in the Bible

of Moses (Ex. 15; Num. 21:17; Deut. 32; Rev. 15:3), Deborah (Judg. 5), Hannah (1 Sam. 2), David (2 Sam. 22, and Psalms), Mary (Luke 1:46-55), Zacharias (Luke 1:68-79), the angels (Luke 2:13), Simeon (Luke 2:29), the redeemed (Rev. 5:9; 19), Solomon (see SOLOMON, SONGS OF ØT0003474).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with songs

song

In addition to the idiom beginning with
song
also see:
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