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Meaning of “song” in the English Dictionary

"song" in British English

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songnoun

uk   /sɒŋ/  us   /sɑːŋ/
A2 [C] a usually ​shortpiece of ​music with words that are ​sung: to ​sing a song a ​love/​folk/​pop song
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[U] the ​act of ​singing, or ​singing when ​consideredgenerally: He was so ​happy he ​wanted to burst/​break into song (= ​startsinging). [C or U] the ​musicalsound that a ​bird makes: bird song A thrush's song was the only ​sound to ​break the ​silence.

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(Definition of song from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"song" in American English

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songnoun [C/U]

 us   /sɔŋ/
a usually ​shortpiece of ​music with words that are ​sung: [C] We ​bought a CD of Cole Porter songs. Song is also the ​act of ​singing, or ​singing when ​consideredgenerally: [U] He was so ​happy he ​wanted to ​burst into song (= ​startsinging). The song of a ​bird is the ​musicalsound it makes.
(Definition of song from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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