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Definition of song noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a short piece of music with words that you sing a folk/love/pop, etc. song We sang a song together. She taught us the words of a French song. Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CD put on/play a CD/a song/some music turn down/up the music/radio/volume/bass go to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recital copy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVD download music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoplaying play a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by ear sing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tune hum a tune/a theme song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in concert appear at a festival/live go on/embark on a (world) tourrecording write/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphony land/get/sign a record deal be signed to/be dropped by a record company record/release/put out an album/a single/a CD be on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one see also swan song
  2. 2[uncountable] songs in general; music for singing The story is told through song and dance. Suddenly he burst into song (= started to sing). Their voices were raised in song. see also plainsong
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the musical sounds that birds make the song of the blackbird
  4. Idioms
    for a song (informal)
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    very cheaply; at a low price She bought the painting for a song. The property is going for a song because they need to sell it fast.
    on song (informal)
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    working or performing well The whole team was on song.
    a song and dance (about something) (informal)
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    a long explanation about something, or excuse for something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: song