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[sawng, song]
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  1. a short metrical composition intended or adapted for singing, especially one in rhymed stanzas; a lyric; a ballad.
  2. a musical piece adapted for singing or simulating a piece to be sung: Mendelssohn's “Songs without Words.”
  3. poetical composition; poetry.
  4. the art or act of singing; vocal music.
  5. something that is sung.
  6. an elaborate vocal signal produced by an animal, as the distinctive sounds produced by certain birds, frogs, etc., in a courtship or territorial display.
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  1. for a song, at a very low price; as a bargain: We bought the rug for a song when the estate was auctioned off.
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Origin of song

before 900; Middle English song, sang, Old English; cognate with German Sang, Old Norse sǫngr, Gothic saggws
Related formssong·like, adjective


noun Pinyin.
  1. Ai·ling [ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Ai-ling.
  2. Qing·ling [ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Ching-ling.
  3. Mei·ling [mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/. Soong, Mei-ling.
  4. Zi·wen [zœ-wuhn] /ˈzœˈwʌn/. Soong, Tse-ven.
  5. Sung.
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Related Words for song

lullaby, number, strain, lyric, melody, hymn, poem, anthem, aria, verse, ditty, ballad, refrain, lay, carol, tune, chant, shanty, vocal, air

Examples from the Web for song

Contemporary Examples of song

Historical Examples of song

  • And the wild ducklings are out on the pool, and the woods are full of song.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • "Sing the song you gave us the other night at our house," he said carelessly.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Listen to me, and I will show you how the song ought to have been sung.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Her heart ascended on a wave of thanks to the giver of song.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It was not soon that he risked an attempt to please her with a song of his own.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for song


    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
  1. poetical composition; poetry
  2. the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects
  3. the act or process of singingthey raised their voices in song
  4. for a song at a bargain price
  5. on song British informal performing at peak efficiency or ability
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Derived Formssonglike, adjective

Word Origin for song

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


  1. the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung
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Word Origin and History for song


Old English sang "voice, song, art of singing; metrical composition adapted for singing, psalm, poem," from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (cf. Old Norse söngr, Norwegian song, Swedish sång, Old Saxon, Danish, Old Frisian, Old High German, German sang, Middle Dutch sanc, Dutch zang, Gothic saggws), from PIE *songwh-o- "singing, song," from *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation" (see sing (v.)).

Phrase for a song "for a trifle, for little or nothing" is from "All's Well" III.ii.9 (the identical image, por du son, is in Old French. With a song in (one's) heart "feeling joy" is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; figurative sense of "rigmarole" is from 1895.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with song


In addition to the idiom beginning with song

  • song and dance

also see:

  • for a song
  • swan song
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