see also: Song
  • (British) IPA: /sɒŋ/
  • (America) IPA: /sɔŋ/, /sɑŋ/

song (plural songs)

  1. A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.
    Thomas listened to his favorite song on the radio yesterday.
  2. (by extension) Any musical composition.
  3. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      This subject for heroic song.
    • The bard that first adorned our native tongue / Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
  4. The act or art of singing.
  5. A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.
    I love hearing the song of canary birds.
    • That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.
  6. (ornithology) The distinctive sound that a male bird utters to attract a mate or to protect his territory; contrasts with call
  7. Something that costs only a little; chiefly in for a song.
    He bought that car for a song.
    • The soldier's pay is a song.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
  8. An object of derision; a laughing stock.
    • Bible, Book of Job xxx. 9
      And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
Translations Translations
Proper noun
  1. (historical) A former dynasty in China, reigning from the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to the beginning of the Yuan.
  2. (historical) A former empire in China, occupying the eastern half of modern China.
  3. (historical) The era of Chinese history during which the dynasty reigned.
  4. Surname
  5. (geography) A river in Papua New Guinea.
  6. (geography) Various minor rivers in China.

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