Last modified on 27 August 2014, at 19:25
See also: Song, sōng, sǒng, sòng, sông, and sổng

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English song, sang, from Old English song, sang (noise, song, singing, chanting; poetry; a poem to be sung or recited, psalm, lay), from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (singing, song), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷh- (to sing). Cognate with Scots sang, song (singing, song), Saterland Frisian Song (song), West Frisian sang (song), Dutch zang (song), Low German sang (song), German Sang (singing, song), Swedish sång (song), Norwegian song (song), Icelandic söngur (song), Ancient Greek ὁμφή (homphḗ, voice, oracle). More at sing.

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NounEdit

song (plural songs)

  1. A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
    Thomas listened to his favorite song on the radio yesterday.
  2. (by extension) Any musical composition.
  3. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
    • Milton
      This subject for heroic song.
    • Dryden
      The bard that first adorned our native tongue / Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
  4. The act or art of singing.
  5. A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.
    • Hawthorne
      That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.
    I love hearing the song of canary birds.
  6. Something that cost only a little; chiefly in for a song.
    • Silliman
      The soldier's pay is a song.
    He bought that car for a song.
  7. An object of derision; a laughing stock.
    • Bible, Job xxx. 9
      And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

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FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse sæing (bed), later sæng.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

song f (genitive singular songar or seingjar , plural seingir or sengur)

  1. bed

DeclensionEdit

f11 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative song songin seingir/
sengur
seingirnar/
sengurnar
Accusative song songina seingir/
sengur
seingirnar/
sengurnar
Dative song songini seingjum seingjunum
Genitive seingjar/
songar
seingjarinnar/
songarinnar
seingja seingjanna

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

song

  1. Nonstandard spelling of sōng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of sǒng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of sòng.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse sǫngr.

NounEdit

song m (definite singular songen, indefinite plural songar, definite plural songane)

  1. song
    Kven er det som syng denne songen?
    Who sings this song?

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VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Sino-Vietnamese, from ("set of two, pair, couple, both")

PronunciationEdit

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): /s̪ɐwŋ͡m˧˧/
  • (Huế) IPA(key): /ʂɐwŋ˧˧/
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): /ʂɐwŋ͡m˧˥/

ConjunctionEdit

song

  1. both

DeterminerEdit

song

  1. both

NounEdit

song

  1. set of two, pair, couple

PrefixEdit

song

  1. bi-