[ sawng, song ]
/ sɔŋ, sɒŋ /


a short metrical composition intended or adapted for singing, especially one in rhymed stanzas; a lyric; a ballad.
a musical piece adapted for singing or simulating a piece to be sung: Mendelssohn's “Songs without Words.”
poetical composition; poetry.
the art or act of singing; vocal music.
something that is sung.
an elaborate vocal signal produced by an animal, as the distinctive sounds produced by certain birds, frogs, etc., in a courtship or territorial display.

Idioms for song

    for a song, at a very low price; as a bargain: We bought the rug for a song when the estate was auctioned off.

Origin of song

before 900; Middle English song, sang, Old English; cognate with German Sang, Old Norse sǫngr, Gothic saggws


song·like, adjective

Definition for song (2 of 2)

[ sawng ]
/ sɔŋ /

noun Pinyin.

Ai·ling [ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Ai-ling.
Qing·ling [ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Ching-ling.
Mei·ling [mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Mei-ling.
Zi·wen [zœ-wuhn] /ˈzœˈwʌn/. Soong, Tse-ven. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for song (1 of 2)

/ (sɒŋ) /


  1. a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp one intended for performance by a soloist
  2. the whole repertory of such pieces
  3. (as modifier)a song book
poetical composition; poetry
the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects
the act or process of singingthey raised their voices in song
for a song at a bargain price
on song British informal performing at peak efficiency or ability

Derived forms of song

songlike, adjective

Word Origin for song

Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing

British Dictionary definitions for song (2 of 2)

/ (sʊŋ) /


the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung
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