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Meaning of “soul” in the English Dictionary

"soul" in British English

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soulnoun

uk   /səʊl/  us   /soʊl/
  • soul noun (SPIRIT)

B2 [C] the ​spiritualpart of a ​person that some ​peoplebelievecontinues to ​exist in some ​form after ​theirbody has ​died, or the ​part of a ​person that is not ​physical and ​experiencesdeepfeelings and ​emotions: She ​sufferedgreatly while she was ​alive, so ​let us ​hope her soul is now at ​peace.

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  • soul noun (PERSON)

B2 [C] a ​person of a ​statedtype: She's a ​happy little soul. Some ​poor soul had ​fallen 500 ​metres to ​theirdeath.not a soul B2 no one: By the ​time I ​arrived there wasn't a soul there.
  • soul noun (BLACK CULTURE)

[U] US a ​deepunderstanding of and being ​proud of the ​culture of ​blackpeople
(Definition of soul from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"soul" in American English

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soulnoun

 us   /soʊl/
  • soul noun (SPIRIT)

[C] the ​part of a ​person that some ​peoplebelievecontinues to ​exist in some ​form after the ​body has ​died, or the ​part of a ​person or thing that ​expresses the ​basicqualities 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 ​intentionallytry to ​deceive you.
  • soul noun (BLACK CULTURE)

[U] a ​deepunderstanding of and ​pride in the ​culture of African-Americans
  • soul noun (PERSON)

[C] a ​person of a ​statedtype: a ​happy soul [C] Soul can also ​mean any ​person, and is usually used in ​negativestatements: There wasn’t a soul around when we ​arrived at the ​beach.
(Definition of soul from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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