Definition of song noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɒŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔːŋ//
    Live music, Listening to music
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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. CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​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 tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a 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 top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one see also swansong See related entries: Live music, Listening to music
  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. Word OriginOld English sang, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zang and German Sang, also to sing.Extra examples A rap song came on the radio. After a few drinks, they were all singing bawdy songs at the top of their voices. He had a string of hit songs in the 1970s. He heard voices raised in song. He released an album of cover songs. He strummed a couple of chords on the guitar and they all burst into song. How does the song go? I downloaded a song from the Internet. Important historical events were commemorated in song. People can become vulnerable to the siren song of extremism. She closed the concert by singing her signature song. Sing us a song, Susanna! The band were still playing slow songs. The old songs sound like Gregorian chants. They continue to sing the same old song they have been singing for years. They performed another two songs as encores. a Hungarian folk song a protest song written in the sixties a song about love a song called ‘Mona Lisa’ an Irish folk song emotional ballads and heartfelt torch songs the theme song from ‘The Godfather’ the title song from the Beatles’ album ‘Help!’ Suddenly he burst into song. a love/​pop/​popular songIdioms (informal) 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. (informal) working or performing well The whole team was on song.
    sing from the same hymn/song sheet
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    (British English, informal) to show that you are in agreement with each other by saying the same things in public
      a song and dance (about something)
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    1. 1(British English, informal, disapproving) if you make a song and dance about something, you complain or talk about it too much when this is not necessary She gives generously to charity without making a song and dance about it.
    2. 2[countable] (North American English, informal) a long explanation about something, or excuse for something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: song