Definitions for SOULsoʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical.

    Category: Religion

  2. the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come.

    Category: Religion

  3. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person.

    Category: Religion

  4. the seat of human feelings or sentiments.

  5. a person:

    brave souls.

  6. spirit or courage.

  7. the essential element or part of something.

  8. the embodiment of some quality:

    He was the very soul of tact.

  9. (cap.) (in Christian Science) God.

    Category: Religion

  10. (among black Americans) shared ethnic awareness and pride.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. deeply felt emotion, as conveyed by a performer or artist.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: soul music.

  13. (adj.)of or pertaining to black Americans or their culture.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of soul:

bef. 900; OE sāwl, sāwol, c. OHG sē(u)la

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soul, psyche(noun)

    the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

  2. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul(noun)

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  3. soul, soulfulness(noun)

    deep feeling or emotion

  4. soul(noun)

    the human embodiment of something

    "the soul of honor"

  5. soul(noun)

    a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s

    "soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. soul(noun)ʊl

    sb's consciousness or ability to feel emotions

    a cold-blooded murderer with no soul; a story that touched her soul

  2. soulʊl

    sb's spirit as opposed to their body

    Do people have souls that live on after they die?

  3. soulʊl

    a person

    She's a gentle soul.; There was not a soul out that night.

  4. soulʊl

    ***strongly emotional popular song style

    ***She sings jazz and soul.


  1. soul(Noun)

    The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death.

  2. soul(Noun)

    The spirit or essence of anything.

  3. soul(Noun)

    Life, energy, vigor.

    This place has no soul

  4. soul(Noun)

    Soul music.

  5. soul(Noun)

    A person, especially as one among many.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soul(adj)


  2. Soul(adj)


  3. Soul(verb)

    to afford suitable sustenance

  4. Soul(noun)

    the spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that part of man which enables him to think, and which renders him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the so-called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished from feeling. In a more general sense, "an animating, separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual personal existence."

  5. Soul(noun)

    the seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part

  6. Soul(noun)

    the leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul of his army

  7. Soul(noun)

    energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent power or goodness

  8. Soul(noun)

    a human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation, usually with a qualifying epithet; as, poor soul

  9. Soul(noun)

    a pure or disembodied spirit

  10. Soul(verb)

    to indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind


  1. Soul

    The soul, in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object. According to some religions, souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine—belong only to human beings. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" to all organisms but taught that only human souls are immortal. Other religions teach that all biological organisms have souls, and others further still that non-biological entities possess souls. This latter belief is called animism. Anima mundi and the Dharmic Ātman are concepts of a "world soul." Soul can function as a synonym for spirit, mind, psyche or self.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Soul

    the name given to the spiritual part of man, the seat of reason (q. v.) and conscience, by which he relates and subordinates himself to the higher spiritual world, inspiring him with a sense of individual responsibility.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SOUL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3267

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SOUL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4130

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SOUL' in Nouns Frequency: #1157

Translations for SOUL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the spirit; the non-physical part of a person, which is often thought to continue in existence after he or she dies

People often discuss whether animals and plants have souls.

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