What does song mean?

Definitions for songsɔŋ, sɒŋ

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. song, vocal(noun)

    a short musical composition with words

    "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"

  2. song(noun)

    a distinctive or characteristic sound

    "the song of bullets was in the air"; "the song of the wind"; "the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead"

  3. song, strain(noun)

    the act of singing

    "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

  4. birdcall, call, birdsong, song(noun)

    the characteristic sound produced by a bird

    "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"

  5. song(noun)

    a very small sum

    "he bought it for a song"

  6. Sung, Sung dynasty, Song, Song dynasty(noun)

    the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy


  1. Song(n.)

    A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song.

  2. Origin: [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. sngr, Goth. saggws. See Sing.]


  1. song(Noun)

    A short musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.

    Thomas listened to his favorite song on the radio yesterday.

  2. song(Noun)

    The act or art of singing.

  3. song(Noun)

    A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.

    I love hearing the song of canary birds.

  4. song(Noun)

    Something that cost only a little; chiefly in for a song.

    He bought that car for a song.

  5. Song(ProperNoun)

    A former dynasty in China, reigning from the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to the beginning of the Yuan

  6. Song(ProperNoun)

    A former empire in China, occupying the eastern half of modern China

  7. Song(ProperNoun)

    The era of Chinese history during which the dynasty reigned

  8. Origin: From sang, from sangwaz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Song(noun)

    that which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc

  2. Song(noun)

    a lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad

  3. Song(noun)

    more generally, any poetical strain; a poem

  4. Song(noun)

    poetical composition; poetry; verse

  5. Song(noun)

    an object of derision; a laughingstock

  6. Song(noun)

    a trifle

  7. Origin: [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. sngr, Goth. saggws. See Sing.]


  1. Song

    In music, a song is a composition for voice or voices, performed by singing. A choral or vocal song may be accompanied by musical instruments, or it may be unaccompanied, as in the case of a cappella songs. The lyrics of songs are typically of a poetic, rhyming nature, though they may be religious verses or free prose. A song may be for a solo singer, a duet, trio, or larger ensemble involving more voices. Songs with more than one voice to a part are considered choral works. Songs can be broadly divided into many different forms, depending on the criteria used. One division is between "art songs", "pop songs", and "folk songs". Other common methods of classification are by purpose, by style, or by time of origin. A song is a piece of music for accompanied or unaccompanied voice/voices or, "the act or art of singing," but the term is generally not used for large vocal forms including opera and oratorio. However, the term is, "often found in various figurative and transferred sense." The noun "song" has the same etymological root as the verb "to sing" and the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word to mean "that which is sung" or "a musical composition suggestive of song." The OED also defines the word to mean "a poem" or "the musical phrases uttered by some birds, whales, and insects, typically forming a recognizable and repeated sequence and used chiefly for territorial defence or for attracting mates."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Song

    song, n. that which is sung: a short poem or ballad, adapted for singing, or set to music: the melody to which it is adapted: a poem, or poetry in general: the notes of birds: a mere trifle: (B.) an object of derision.—ns. Song′-bird, a bird that sings; Song′book, a collection of songs: a hymn-book; Song′craft, the art of making songs, skill in such.—adjs. Song′ful, full of song: disposed to sing; Song′less, wanting the power of song.—ns. Song′man (Shak.), a singer; Song′-sparr′ow, the hedge-sparrow; Song′ster, a singer, or one skilled in singing, esp. a bird that sings:—fem. Song′stress; Song′-thrush, the mavis or throstle.—Song of Songs, or of Solomon, Canticles; Songs of degrees (see Degree).—Old song (see Old). [A.S. sangsingan, to sing; Dut. zang, Ger. gesang, Goth. saggws, Ice. söngr.]

  2. Song

    song (Spens.), pa.t. of sing.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'song' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2714

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'song' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1712

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'song' in Nouns Frequency: #686

Anagrams for song »

  1. nogs

  2. gons

  3. snog


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of song in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of song in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hilary Duff:

    I wrote that song for a reason!

  2. William Carlos Williams:

    In summer, the song sings itself.

  3. German proverb:

    Whose bread I eat his song I sing.

  4. Christina G. Rossetti:

    Silence is more musical than any song.

  5. Jerry Van Amerongen, Ballard Street, 08-18-05:

    I feel like a tiny bird with a big song!

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