song

Feeling happy? Feeling sad? Sing a song! A song is poetry set to music, and there’s a song for every occasion, from “Happy Birthday” to “Here Comes the Bride.” Tra la la!

Most songs have words, or lyrics, though not all of them do — and we call the musical sound a bird makes a song as well. Sometimes rhyming poems are called songs, like Pablo Neruda's "April Rain Song." If your friend tells you she bought her bicycle "for a song," that simply means it was inexpensive, not that she actually had to sing a song to get it.

Definitions of song
  1. noun
    a short musical composition with words
    “a successful musical must have at least three good songs
    synonyms: vocal
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    religious song
    religious music for singing
    anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
    aria
    an elaborate song for solo voice
    ballad, lay
    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
    barcarole, barcarolle
    a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers
    ditty
    a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)
    coronach, dirge, lament, requiem, threnody
    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
    drinking song
    a song celebrating the joys of drinking; sung at drinking parties
    folk ballad, folk song, folksong
    a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
    lied
    a German art song of the 19th century for voice and piano
    love song, love-song
    a song about love or expressing love for another person
    berceuse, cradlesong, lullaby
    a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep
    golden oldie, oldie
    a song that was formerly popular
    partsong
    a song with two or more voice parts
    prothalamion, prothalamium
    a song in celebration of a marriage
    roundelay
    a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as the refrain
    banquet song, scolion
    a song (sometimes improvised) sung by guests at a banquet
    serenade
    a song characteristically played outside the house of a woman
    torch song
    a popular song concerned with disappointment in love
    work song
    a usually rhythmical song to accompany repetitious work
    chant
    a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
    Negro spiritual, spiritual
    a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
    Christmas carol, carol
    joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ
    anthem, hymn
    a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
    keen
    a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
    national anthem
    a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
    arietta, short aria
    a short aria
    minstrelsy
    ballads sung by minstrels
    chantey, chanty, sea chantey, shanty
    a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
    blues
    a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
    fado
    a sad Portuguese folksong
    madrigal
    an unaccompanied partsong for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form
    round, troll
    a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time
    belling, callathump, callithump, charivari, chivaree, shivaree
    a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
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    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  2. noun
    the act of singing
    “with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates”
    synonyms: strain
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    carol
    a joyful song (usually celebrating the birth of Christ)
    cradlesong, lullaby
    the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
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    vocal music
    music that is vocalized (as contrasted with instrumental music)
  3. noun
    a distinctive or characteristic sound
    “the song of bullets was in the air”
    “the song of the wind”
    “the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead”
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  4. noun
    the characteristic sound produced by a bird
    “a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age”
    synonyms: birdcall, birdsong, call
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    bell-like call
    a birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell
    two-note call
    a birdcall having two notes
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    animal communication
    communication between animals (of the same species)
  5. noun
    a very small sum
    “he bought it for a song
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    type of:
    bargain, buy, steal
    an advantageous purchase
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