What does soul mean?

Definitions for soul

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word soul.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soul, psychenoun

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

  2. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soulnoun

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  3. soul, soulfulnessnoun

    deep feeling or emotion

  4. soulnoun

    the human embodiment of something

    "the soul of honor"

  5. soulnoun

    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. Soulnoun

    A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans.

  2. Soulnoun

    Soul music.

  3. souladjective

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


  1. soulnoun

    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. soulnoun

    The spirit or essence of anything.

  3. soulnoun

    Life, energy, vigor.

    This place has no soul

  4. soulnoun

    Soul music.

  5. soulnoun

    A person, especially as one among many.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soulnoun

    Etymology: sawel , Sax. sael, Dan. sual, Islandick; siel, Dutch.

    When death was overcome, he opened heaven as well to the believing Gentiles as Jews: heaven till then was no receptacle to the souls of either. Richard Hooker.

    Fie, fie, unreverent tongue! to call her bad,
    Whose sov’reignty so oft thou hast preferr’d
    With twenty thousand soul-confirming oaths. William Shakespeare.

    Perhaps, for want of food, the soul may pine;
    But that were strange, since all things bad and good;
    Since all God’s creatures, mortal and divine;
    Since God himself is her eternal food. Davies.

    He remembered them of the promises, seals and oaths, which by publick authority had passed for concluding this marriage, that these being religious bonds betwixt God and their souls, could not by any politick act of state be dissolved. John Hayward.

    Eloquence the soul, song charms the sense. John Milton.

    They say this town is full of cozenage,
    Drug-working sorcerers that change the mind;
    Soul-killing witches that deform the body;
    And many such like libertines of sin. William Shakespeare.

    Thou almost mak’st me waver in my faith,
    To hold opinion with Pythagoras,
    That souls of animals infuse themselves
    Into the trunks of men. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul. John Milton.

    Join voices all ye living souls! ye birds,
    That singing up to heav’n-gate ascend,
    Bear on your wings, and in your notes his praise. John Milton.

    In common discourse and writing, we leave out the words vegetative, sensitive, and rational; and make the word soul serve for all these principles. Isaac Watts.

    He has the very soul of bounty. William Shakespeare.

    Charity the soul of all the rest. John Milton.

    There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
    Would men observingly distil it out. William Shakespeare.

    Three wenches where I stood, cry’d:
    ``Alas, good soul! ’’ William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    This is a poor mad soul; and she says up and down the town, that her eldest son is like you. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    The poor soul sat singing by a sycamore tree,
    Sing all a green willow:
    Her hand on her bosom, her head on her knee. William Shakespeare.

    Unenlarged souls are disgusted with the wonders of the microscope, discovering animals which equal not a peppercorn. Isaac Watts.

    The moral is the case of every soul of us. Roger L'Estrange.

    Keep the poor soul no longer in suspense,
    Your change is such as does not need defence. Dryden.

    It is a republick; there are in it a hundred burgeois, and about a thousand souls. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    My state of health none care to learn;
    My life is here no soul ’s concern. Jonathan Swift.

    Earth, air and seas, through empty space would rowl,
    And heav’n would fly before the driving soul. Dryden.

    Every soul in heav’n shall bend the knee. John Milton.


  1. Soul

    In many religious and philosophical traditions, there is a belief that a soul is "the immaterial aspect or essence of a human being".


  1. soul

    A soul is often considered to be the immaterial essence or innermost true nature of a living being, typically associated with self-awareness, consciousness, and the seat of emotions and moral values. It is believed to be eternal and separate from the physical body, being the source of individual identity and spiritual existence. The concept of soul varies across different religions and philosophical systems, representing a profound aspect of human existence that extends beyond the purely material realm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Souladjective


  2. Souladjective


  3. Soulverb

    to afford suitable sustenance

  4. Soulnoun

    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. Soulnoun

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

  6. Soulnoun

    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. Soulnoun

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

  8. Soulnoun

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

  9. Soulnoun

    a pure or disembodied spirit

  10. Soulverb

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

  11. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. soul

    A facet of consciousness of an animal, human being or universal being connected to our brain, consciousness, conscience, subconscious, mind and the universe that is coded with information and has the ability, data, information, feeling, knowing and understanding for us all to have eternal life, meet the animals, people and beings we choose and agreed, have relationships, marry, live and learn what is just and fair to evolve, be and live an eternal life on planet earth in human form eternally and fulfill our soul agreements. We all know we are here to cocreate optimum health, human rights, right to life, shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, social housing, council housing, public housing and affordable housing building projects, right to free education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, creation of the living wage and universal living income system, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, civil rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances

    WE know in our soul our relationship and marriage is for life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 2, 2020  

  2. soulnoun

    A perceived entity without matter

    The spiritual or immaterial part of the human consciousness.

    Etymology: First known use was before the 12th. century. The word in use (English) derives from Middle English soule, from Old English sāwol; akin to Old High German sēula soul

    Submitted by PolarPaddy on September 11, 2023  

  3. soul

    A spiritual connection from the mind, subconscious and consciousness of an animal, human being or universal being connected to the universe.

    Our soul is connected from our mind, subconscious and consciousness to the universe.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 12, 2020  

  4. soulnoun

    The same Greek word (psyche) can be translated life or soul.

    The soul is energy of meaning and having a purpose in motion with a phenomenal reason.

    Etymology: The heart of the spirit

    Submitted by tony_l on September 1, 2023  

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  2. SOUL

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  3. Soul

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SOUL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Soul is ranked #77012 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Soul surname appeared 249 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Soul.

    75.1% or 187 total occurrences were White.
    14% or 35 total occurrences were Black.
    4.4% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.6% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  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

Examples of soul in a Sentence

  1. Valerie Bertinelli:

    I think that partly Wolfie is a soul mate of mine. When I think of soul mate, I think of souls that come here to experience this life on Earth together again and get to a higher place, i definitely, definitely know that was part of Ed. I loved his soul deeply.

  2. Longfellow:

    O how wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul. The intellect of man sits enshrined visibly upon his forehead and in his eye; and the heart of man is written upon his countenance. But the soul reveals itself in the voice only, as God revealed himself to the prophet in the still small voice, and in a voice from the Burning Bush. The soul of man is audible, not visible. A sound alone betrays the flowing of the eternal fountain invisible to man.

  3. The Talmud:

    Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    We can't just leave this to the police. I think there are police departments that have to do some soul searching. I think there's some communities that have to do some soul searching, but I think we as a country have to do some soul searching. This is not new. It's been going on for decades.

  5. President Barack Obama on Tuesday:

    I think there are police departments that have to do some soul-searching. I think there are some communities that have to do some soul-searching, but I think we as a country have to do some soul-searching.

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