- a song used to lull a child to sleep; cradlesong.
- any lulling song.
- to lull with or as with a lullaby.
Origin of lullaby
Examples from the Web for lullaby
Contemporary Examples of lullaby
But then that night, Dad played it back to me in bed, like a lullaby, my own recorded voice singing myself to sleep.The Greatest Role My Father Ever Played
June 16, 2013
Washington loves a lullaby—like the one about both sides deserving blame for the decline in bipartisanship.Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Rush to the Right in Congress
February 2, 2012
Historical Examples of lullaby
Then the snowdrop sang a lullaby about the moss that loved the violet.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Down the room a low, mournful wail, almost a lullaby, went on and ceased not.The Downfall
By that time the sounds of the tempest had become a lullaby to me.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
So she sang another, a lullaby, that sank to its finish in flattering silence.Miss Pat at School
Oh, this capital knew the Dead March in Saul as a child knows his lullaby!The Long Roll
- a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
- the music for such a song
- (tr) to quiet or soothe with or as if with a lullaby
Word Origin for lullaby
Word Origin and History for lullaby
1560s, lulley by, from Middle English lollai, lullay, from lullen (see lull (v.)). Second element perhaps from by-by "good-by."