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Definition of "song" []

  • Music A brief composition written or adapted for singing. (noun)
  • Music The act or art of singing: broke into song. (noun)
  • A distinctive or characteristic sound made by an animal, such as a bird or an insect. (noun)
  • Poetry; verse. (noun)
  • A lyric poem or ballad. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "song" in a sentence
  • "It must be confessed, however, that the field of English slang verse and canting song, though not altogether barren, has yet small claim to the idiomatic and plastic treatment that obtains in many an _Argot - song_ and _Germania-romance; _ in truth, with a few notable exceptions, there is little in the present collection that can claim literary rank."
  • "The melody flows or soars like the song of a bird, because it is the free expression, not of musical fantasy, as such (the unconscious play of tonal fancy), but the flow of _melody_, _song_, the soaring of spirit in some one particular direction, floating upon buoyant pinions, and in directions well conceived and sure."
  • "This was a tumultuous mixture of the wild carouse, the noisy song, and the drunken dance; and the meaning of the word comedy is a comus _song_."