Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A brief composition written or adapted for singing.
  • n. Music The act or art of singing: broke into song.
  • n. A distinctive or characteristic sound made by an animal, such as a bird or an insect.
  • n. Poetry; verse.
  • n. A lyric poem or ballad.
  • idiom for a song Informal At a low price: bought the antique tray for a song.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.
  • n. any musical composition
  • n. The act or art of singing.
  • n. A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.
  • n. Something that cost only a little; chiefly in for a song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc.
  • n. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
  • n. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
  • n. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
  • n. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
  • n. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Singing; vocal music in general; utterance in tones of musical quality and succession, with or without words: opposed to speech and to instrumental music.
  • n. The musical cry of some birds (see singing bird, under sing) and, by extension, of some other animals.
  • n. A short poem intended for singing, or set to music; a ballad or lyric.
  • n. A particular melody or musical setting for such a poem, for either one or several voices (in the latter case usually called a part-song or glee).
  • n. Poetry; poetical composition; verse.
  • n. A more trifle; something of little or no value: as, I bought it for a song.
  • n. A Middle English preterit of sing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a distinctive or characteristic sound
  • n. a very small sum
  • n. the act of singing
  • n. a short musical composition with words
  • n. the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy
  • n. the characteristic sound produced by a bird

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English sang; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English song, sang, from Old English song, sang ("noise, song, singing, chanting; poetry; a poem to be sung or recited, psalm, lay"), from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (“singing, song”), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷh- (“to sing”). Cognate with Scots sang, song ("singing, song"), Saterland Frisian Song ("song"), West Frisian sang ("song"), Dutch zang ("song"), Low German sang ("song"), German Sang ("singing, song"), Swedish sång ("song"), Norwegian song ("song"), Icelandic söngur ("song"), Ancient Greek ὁμφή (omphḗ, "voice, stevvon"). More at sing. (Wiktionary)

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