Pronunciation Noun


  1. (religion, folklore) The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death.
    • 1836, Hans Christian Andersen (translated into English by Mrs. H. B. Paull in 1872), The Little Mermaid
      "Among the daughters of the air," answered one of them. "A mermaid has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. But the daughters of the air, although they do not possess an immortal soul, can, by their good deeds, procure one for themselves.
    • 2015 September 15, Toby Fox, Undertale (video game), Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X:
      Flowey: See that heart? That is your SOUL, the very culmination of your being!
  2. The spirit or essence of anything.
  3. Life, energy, vigor.
    • That he wants algebra he must confess; / But not a soul to give our arms success.
  4. (music) Soul music.
  5. A person, especially as one among many.
    • I want to gather together about twenty souls and sail away from this world of war and squalor and found a little colony where there shall be no money but a sort of communism as far as necessaries of life go, and some real decency.
  6. An individual life.
    Fifty souls were lost when the ship sank.
  7. (math) A kind of submanifold involved in the soul theorem of Riemannian geometry.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: soul
  • German: Soul
  • Portuguese: soul
  • Russian: со́ул
Translations Verb

soul (souls, present participle souling; past and past participle souled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To endow with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
  2. To beg on All Soul's Day.

soul (souls, present participle souling; past and past participle souled)

  1. (obsolete) To afford suitable sustenance.

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