[ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), .
[ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), .
[mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), .
[zœ-wuhn] /ˈzœˈwʌn/ (Show IPA), .
a piece of music, usually employing a verbal text, composed for the voice, esp one intended for performance by a soloist
the whole repertory of such pieces
(as modifier): a song book
poetical composition; poetry
the characteristic tuneful call or sound made by certain birds or insects
the act or process of singing: they raised their voices in song
for a song, at a bargain price
(Brit, informal) on song, performing at peak efficiency or ability
the Pinyin transliteration of the Chinese name for Sung
Old English sang “voice, song, art of singing; metrical composition adapted for singing, psalm, poem,” from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (cf. Old Norse söngr, Norwegian song, Swedish sång, Old Saxon, Danish, Old Frisian, Old High German, German sang, Middle Dutch sanc, Dutch zang, Gothic saggws), from PIE *songwh-o- “singing, song,” from *sengwh- “to sing, make an incantation” (see sing (v.)).
Phrase for a song “for a trifle, for little or nothing” is from “All’s Well” III.ii.9 (the identical image, por du son, is in Old French. With a song in (one’s) heart “feeling joy” is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart’s lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; figurative sense of “rigmarole” is from 1895.
Something or someone bedraggled, perhaps due to weather (1928+)
like something the cat dragged in
In addition to the idiom beginning with
for a song
Charles Jones, 1866–1918, Chinese merchant (father of Ai-ling, Ch’ing-ling, Mei-ling, and Tse-ven Soong). Ai-ling [ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), 1888–1973, wife of H. H. Kung. Ching-ling or Ch’ing-ling [ching-ling] /ˈtʃɪŋˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), 1892–1981, widow of Sun Yat-sen. Mei-ling or Mayling [mey-ling] /ˈmeɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), (Madame Chiang Kai-Shek) 1897–2003, wife of Chiang Kai-shek. Tse-ven or Tzu-wen [tsoo […]
Alfred, 1817–75, English painter and sculptor. George (Cooper) 1905–75, U.S. film director. John Cox [koks] /kɒks/ (Show IPA), 1749–1838, and his son Robert Livingston, 1787–1856, U.S. engineers and inventors. John Paul, born 1920, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1975–2010. Nettie Marie [net-ee] /ˈnɛt i/ (Show IPA), 1861–1912, U.S. cytogeneticist. Thaddeus, 1792–1868, […]
Alfred, 1864–1946, U.S. photographer and editor (husband of Georgia O’Keeffe). Historical Examples In order to be able to marry, Stieglitz was obliged to find employment. Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature – 6. Young Germany Georg Brandes I think the photographers must at least have been a trifle upset with this Stieglitz Exhibition. Adventures in […]
Alessandro [ah-les-sahn-draw] /ˌɑ lɛsˈsɑn drɔ/ (Show IPA), 1645?–82? Italian composer. Historical Examples Instead of obeying this order he kept his division lingering about Stradella. History of Modern Europe 1972-1878 C. A. Fyffe The Senator was surprised and delighted, and Stradella softly clapped his hands. Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford Stradella sprang forward with outstretched hands, forgetting […]
Alfredo [al-frey-doh;; Spanish ahl-fre-th aw] /ælˈfreɪ doʊ;; Spanish ɑlˈfrɛ ðɔ/ (Show IPA), 1912–2006, Paraguayan general and statesman: president 1954–89. noun Alfredo. 1912–2006, Paraguayan soldier and politician; president (1954–89): deposed in a military coup