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ˈlʌl əˌbaɪlul·la·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lullaby, cradlesong, berceusenoun

    a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep

  2. lullaby, cradlesongnoun

    the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep


  1. lullabynoun

    A soothing song to lull children to sleep.

  2. Etymology: From lullen, to lull + bye. First recorded circa 1560.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lullabynoun

    A song to still babes.

    Etymology: lallus, Latin. Quem nutricum fuisse deum contendit Turnebus , from lull: it is observable that the nurses call sleep by, by; lullaby is therefore lull to sleep.

    Only that noise heav’ns rolling circles kest,
    Sung lullaby, to bring the world to rest. Edward Fairfax.

    Philomel, with melody,
    Sing in your sweet lullaby;
    Lulla, lulla, lullaby; lulla, lulla, lullaby. William Shakespeare.

    If you will let your lady know I am here to speak with her, and bring her along with you; it may make my bounty further.
    —— Marry, Sir, lullaby to your bounty till I come again. William Shakespeare.

    Drinking is the lullaby used by nurses to still crying children. John Locke, on Education.


  1. Lullaby

    Lullaby is the sixth single released by the American synthpop band Book of Love. The song was the second single released from the band's second album Lullaby in 1988. Although "Lullaby" failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became a top 30 dance club hit. The song peaked at no. 27 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and spent seven weeks on the chart. The track, over time, has become a signature song in the band's catalogue. The band utilized a string section of 20 Juilliard students, conducted by Michelle DiBucci, to record strings for the track, as well as bagpipes, played by a kilt wearing Roger Parsons. For the 12" single, the track was remixed into five different remixes by Justin Strauss. The band, along with recording engineer "Doc" Dougherty, also remixed the track; titled "Lullaby (7” Version)", this remix was included on the 7-inch and cassette singles sold at retail outlets as well as the promotional CD single. The cover art of the 12" vinyl and cassette are drawings done by lead vocalist Susan Ottaviano. The drawings are in a similar style to Amedeo Modigliani, the subject of one of their previous singles, titled "Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)".


  1. lullaby

    A lullaby is a soft, soothing song or piece of music, typically sung or played to children or babies to help them fall asleep. It is also used more broadly to represent something that provides comfort or relaxes someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. lullabyverb

    a song to quiet babes or lull them to sleep; that which quiets

  2. lullabyverb

    hence: Good night; good-by

  3. Etymology: [From Lull, v. t. ]


  1. Lullaby

    A lullaby is a soothing song, usually sung to young children before they go to sleep, with the intention of speeding that process. As a result they are often simple and repetitive. Lullabies can be found in every culture and since the ancient period. Many lullabies are in triple metre, or in a compound metre like 6/8. Tonally, most lullabies are simple, often merely alternating tonic and dominant harmonies: Because the intended effect is to put someone to sleep, wild chromaticism would be somewhat out of character. Many Christmas carols are designed as lullabies for the infant Jesus, the most famous of them being "Silent Night".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lullaby in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lullaby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lullaby in a Sentence

  1. Luke Glowacki:

    The fact that a lullaby, healing song or dance song from the British Isles or anywhere else in the world has many musical features in common with the same kind of song from hunter-gatherers in Australia or horticulturalists in Africa is remarkable.

  2. Ghaliaa Chaker:

    Writing a lullaby never crossed my mind. But the thing that influenced me was the topic. To be able to help Syrian kids and refugees.

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Spirit is a child, the tune of dancing feet its lullaby

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