- That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc."That most ethereal of all sounds, the songof crickets." [Hawthorne.]
- A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
- More generally, any poetical strain; a poem."The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song." [Dryden.]
- Poetical composition; poetry; verse."This subject for heroic song." [Milton.]
- An object of derision; a laughingstock."And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword." [Job xxx. 9.]
- A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song
."The soldier's pay is a song." [Silliman.]synonyms: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
Etymology: AS. song sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. söngr, Goth. saggws. See Sing