soul music


a fervent type of popular music developed in the late 1950s by black Americans as a secularized form of gospel music, with rhythm-and-blues influences, and distinctive for its earthy expressiveness, variously plaintive or raucous vocals, and often passionate romanticism or sensuality.

Nearby words

  1. soul brother,
  2. soul cake,
  3. soul food,
  4. soul kiss,
  5. soul mate,
  6. soul of, the,
  7. soul sister,
  8. soul-destroying,
  9. soul-kiss,
  10. soul-searching

Origin of soul music

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65

Also called soul. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019