What does SOUL mean?

Definitions for SOULsoʊl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SOUL.

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"


  1. Soul(n.)

    A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans.

  2. Soul(n.)

    Soul music.

  3. soul(a.)

    By or for African-Americans, or characteristic of their culture; as, soul music; soul newspapers; soul food.


  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

  11. Origin: [OE. soule, saule, AS. swel, swl; akin to OFries. sle, OS. sola, D. ziel, G. seele, OHG. sla, sula, Icel. sla, Sw. sjl, Dan. siael, Goth. saiwala; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to L. saeculum a lifetime, age (cf. Secular.)]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soul

    sōl, n. that part of man which thinks, feels, desires, &c.: the seat of life and intellect: life: essence: internal power: energy or grandeur of mind: a human being, a person.—ns. Soul′-bell, the passing bell; Soul′-cūr′er (Shak.), a parson.—adjs. Souled, full of soul or feeling; Soul′-fear′ing (Shak.), soul-terrifying; Soul′ful, expressive of elevated feeling.—adv. Soul′fully.—n. Soul′fulness.—adj. Soul′less, without nobleness of mind, mean, spiritless.—ns. Soul′lessness; Soul′-shot, -scot, a funeral payment.—adj. Soul′-sick, morally diseased.—All-souls' Day, the 2d November, when the souls of the faithful departed are commemorated. [M. E. saule—A.S. sáwol; Ger. seele.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SOUL in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SOUL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Abu Jayyab:

    God bless his soul.

  2. Mohammad:

    Flowers feed the soul.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Brevity is the soul of wit.

  4. Leslie Van Houten:

    I said a prayer for his soul.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    The soul's joy lies in doing.

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