The noun soul can mean an individual human being, but it can also mean essence of a human being. If you believe the soul is immortal, you believe that even when your physical body dies, some other part of you lives on.

Soul shows up in various forms in all Nordic and Germanic languages, but no one knows where it originated, just like the whole idea of the soul. Philosophers and theologians have debated the exact definition of soul for ages, but it always stands for that ineffable part of a human unlimited by the body, the grandest, deepest part. Soul music is a popular form of gospel, and if you "have soul," you really feel what it is to be alive.

Definitions of soul

n the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
someone who has returned from the dead
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the vital principle or animating force within living things

n a human being

individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone
Type of:
being, organism
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n the human embodiment of something

“the soul of honor”
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giving concrete form to an abstract concept

n deep feeling or emotion

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the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s

soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement”
Type of:
African-American music, black music
music created by African-American musicians; early forms were songs that had a melodic line and a strong rhythmic beat with repeated choruses
gospel, gospel singing
folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)

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