Origin of song
Definition for song (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for song
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.
So we picked out the song (“Rhiannon,” click here for video), and Deer Tick learned it.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So this is Christmas, as the song goes, and what have we done?
And good luck getting the song (and music video) to “Chandelier” out of your head.The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More|Marlow Stern|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, not entirely coincidentally, he had to do the song on Johnny Carson.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The song and the dance are broken off, never to be resumed, when the staid footfall of the lady is heard approaching.Milton|Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
The song, of which the words were his own, fitted neatly to a popular tune of the moment.Servants of the Guns|Jeffery E. Jeffery
Mr. Hutchinson, they said, that song is a passport to you anywhere in the South.Immortal Songs of Camp and Field|Louis Albert Banks
It was the song of Silas and Paul in prison, and they cannot sleep.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
And the troop resumed its march to the sound of the Vagres' song.The Poniard's Hilt|Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for song (1 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for song
British Dictionary definitions for song (2 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with song
In addition to the idiom beginning with song
- song and dance
- for a song
- swan song