[ 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.”

  1. poetical composition; poetry.

  2. the art or act of singing; vocal music.

  3. something that is sung.

  4. 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 about song

  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.

Origin of song

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

Other words from song

  • songlike, adjective

Words Nearby song

Other definitions for Song (2 of 2)

[ sawng ]

  1. a dynasty in China, a.d. 960–1279, characterized by a high level of achievement in painting, ceramics, and philosophy: overthrown by the Mongols.: Also (Wade-Giles) Sung [soong] /sʊŋ/ .

  2. Ai·ling [ahy-ling]. /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/. Ai-ling Soong.

  1. Qing·ling [ching-ling]. /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/. Ching-ling Soong.

  2. Mei·ling [mey-ling]. /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/. Mei-ling Soong.

  3. Zi·wen [zœ-wuhn]. /ˈzœˈwʌn/. Tse-ven Soong. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use song in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for song (1 of 2)


/ (sɒŋ) /

    • a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp one intended for performance by a soloist

    • the whole repertory of such pieces

    • (as modifier): a song book

  1. poetical composition; poetry

  1. the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects

  2. the act or process of singing: they raised their voices in song

  3. for a song at a bargain price

  4. on song British informal performing at peak efficiency or ability

Origin of song

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

Derived forms of song

  • songlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Song (2 of 2)


/ (sʊŋ) /

  1. the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung

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Other 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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