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soul

noun  us   /soʊl/

soul noun (SPIRIT)

[C] the part of a person that some people believe continues to exist in some form after the body has died, or the part of a person or thing that expresses the basic qualities that make it what it is: May her soul rest in peace. [C] If you say that someone is the soul of a quality, you mean the person has that quality in a high degree: He is the soul of honor, and would never intentionally try to deceive you.

soul noun (BLACK CULTURE)

[U] a deep understanding of and pride in the culture of African-Americans

soul noun (PERSON)

[C] a person of a stated type: a happy soul [C] Soul can also mean any person, and is usually used in negative statements: There wasn’t a soul around when we arrived at the beach.
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