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song

  

      n  
1   
a    a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp. one intended for performance by a soloist  
b    the whole repertory of such pieces  
c    (as modifier)  
a song book     
2    poetical composition; poetry  
3    the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects  
4    the act or process of singing  
they raised their voices in song     
5    for a song   at a bargain price  
6    on song     (Brit)  
informal   performing at peak efficiency or ability  
     (Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing)  
  songlike      adj  


folk song  
      n  
1    a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people  
2    a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom  
part song  
      n  
1    a song composed in harmonized parts  
2    in more technical usage   a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody  
patter song  
      n     (Music)   a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words  
prick song  
      n  
Obsolete  
a    a piece of written vocal music  
b    vocal music sung from a copy  
     (C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate))  
Song  
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Sung  
song and dance  
      n  
Informal  
1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  
song cycle  
      n   any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif  
song form  
      n      another name for       ternary form  
Song Koi   , Song Coi  
      n      transliteration of the Vietnamese name for the       Red River       3  
Song of Solomon  
      n   the. a book of the Old Testament consisting of a collection of dramatic love poems traditionally ascribed to Solomon,   (Also called)    Song of Songs, Canticle of Canticles  
song sparrow  
      n   a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song  
song thrush  
      n   a common Old World thrush, Turdus philomelos, that has a brown back and spotted breast and is noted for its song  
swan song  
      n  
1    the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death  
2    the song that a dying swan is said to sing  
theme song  
      n  
1    a melody used, esp. in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc.  
2       another term for       signature tune  
torch song  
      n   a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman  
     (C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone))  
  torch singer      n  
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Song  
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Sung  


folk song  
      n  
1    a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people  
2    a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom  
part song  
      n  
1    a song composed in harmonized parts  
2    in more technical usage   a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody  
patter song  
      n     (Music)   a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words  
prick song  
      n  
Obsolete  
a    a piece of written vocal music  
b    vocal music sung from a copy  
     (C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate))  
song  
      n  
1   
a    a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp. one intended for performance by a soloist  
b    the whole repertory of such pieces  
c    (as modifier)  
a song book     
2    poetical composition; poetry  
3    the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects  
4    the act or process of singing  
they raised their voices in song     
5    for a song   at a bargain price  
6    on song     (Brit)  
informal   performing at peak efficiency or ability  
     (Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing)  
  songlike      adj  
song and dance  
      n  
Informal  
1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  
song cycle  
      n   any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif  
song form  
      n      another name for       ternary form  
Song Koi   , Song Coi  
      n      transliteration of the Vietnamese name for the       Red River       3  
Song of Solomon  
      n   the. a book of the Old Testament consisting of a collection of dramatic love poems traditionally ascribed to Solomon,   (Also called)    Song of Songs, Canticle of Canticles  
song sparrow  
      n   a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song  
song thrush  
      n   a common Old World thrush, Turdus philomelos, that has a brown back and spotted breast and is noted for its song  
swan song  
      n  
1    the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death  
2    the song that a dying swan is said to sing  
theme song  
      n  
1    a melody used, esp. in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc.  
2       another term for       signature tune  
torch song  
      n   a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman  
     (C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone))  
  torch singer      n  

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Soong   , Song         
      n   an influential Chinese family, notably Soong Ch'ing-ling (1890--1981), who married Sun Yat-sen and became a vice-chairman of the People's Republic of China (1959); and Soong Mei-ling (born 1898), who married Chiang Kai-shek  


folk song  
      n  
1    a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people  
2    a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom  
part song  
      n  
1    a song composed in harmonized parts  
2    in more technical usage   a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody  
patter song  
      n     (Music)   a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words  
prick song  
      n  
Obsolete  
a    a piece of written vocal music  
b    vocal music sung from a copy  
     (C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate))  
song  
      n  
1   
a    a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp. one intended for performance by a soloist  
b    the whole repertory of such pieces  
c    (as modifier)  
a song book     
2    poetical composition; poetry  
3    the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects  
4    the act or process of singing  
they raised their voices in song     
5    for a song   at a bargain price  
6    on song     (Brit)  
informal   performing at peak efficiency or ability  
     (Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing)  
  songlike      adj  
Song         
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Sung  
song and dance  
      n  
Informal  
1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  
song cycle  
      n   any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif  
song form  
      n      another name for       ternary form  
Song Koi   , Song Coi         
      n      transliteration of the Vietnamese name for the       Red River       3  
Song of Solomon  
      n   the. a book of the Old Testament consisting of a collection of dramatic love poems traditionally ascribed to Solomon,   (Also called)    Song of Songs, Canticle of Canticles  
song sparrow  
      n   a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song  
song thrush  
      n   a common Old World thrush, Turdus philomelos, that has a brown back and spotted breast and is noted for its song  
swan song  
      n  
1    the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death  
2    the song that a dying swan is said to sing  
theme song  
      n  
1    a melody used, esp. in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc.  
2       another term for       signature tune  
torch song  
      n   a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman  
     (C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone))  
  torch singer      n  

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Sung   , Song         
      n   an imperial dynasty of China (960--1279 a.d.), notable for its art, literature, and philosophy  


folk song  
      n  
1    a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people  
2    a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom  
part song  
      n  
1    a song composed in harmonized parts  
2    in more technical usage   a piece of homophonic choral music in which the topmost part carries the melody  
patter song  
      n     (Music)   a humorous song or aria, the text of which consists of rapid strings of words  
prick song  
      n  
Obsolete  
a    a piece of written vocal music  
b    vocal music sung from a copy  
     (C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate))  
song  
      n  
1   
a    a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp. one intended for performance by a soloist  
b    the whole repertory of such pieces  
c    (as modifier)  
a song book     
2    poetical composition; poetry  
3    the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects  
4    the act or process of singing  
they raised their voices in song     
5    for a song   at a bargain price  
6    on song     (Brit)  
informal   performing at peak efficiency or ability  
     (Old English sang; related to Gothic saggws, Old High German sang; see sing)  
  songlike      adj  
Song         
      n      the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for       Sung  
song and dance  
      n  
Informal  
1      (Brit)   a fuss, esp. one that is unnecessary  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   a long or elaborate story or explanation, esp. one that is evasive  
song cycle  
      n   any of several groups of songs written by composers during and after the Romantic period, each series employing texts, usually by one poet, relating a story or grouped around a central motif  
song form  
      n      another name for       ternary form  
Song Koi   , Song Coi         
      n      transliteration of the Vietnamese name for the       Red River       3  
Song of Solomon  
      n   the. a book of the Old Testament consisting of a collection of dramatic love poems traditionally ascribed to Solomon,   (Also called)    Song of Songs, Canticle of Canticles  
song sparrow  
      n   a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song  
song thrush  
      n   a common Old World thrush, Turdus philomelos, that has a brown back and spotted breast and is noted for its song  
swan song  
      n  
1    the last act, appearance, publication, or utterance of a person before retirement or death  
2    the song that a dying swan is said to sing  
theme song  
      n  
1    a melody used, esp. in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc.  
2       another term for       signature tune  
torch song  
      n   a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman  
     (C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone))  
  torch singer      n  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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song

  
  
air, anthem, ballad, canticle, canzonet, carol, chant, chorus, ditty, hymn, lay, lyric, melody, number, pop song, psalm, shanty, strain, tune  


song and dance     
ado, commotion, flap     (informal)   fuss, hoo-ha, kerfuffle     (informal)   pantomime     (informal)   performance     (informal)   pother, shindig     (informal)   shindy     (informal)   stir, to-do  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
n.
misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing (of the lyrics of a song for example)
Comes from "and Lady Mondegreen", a misinterpretation of the line "and laid him on the green" from the Scottish ballad "The Bonnie Earl O' Moray".
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