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 spiritual part of a person that some people believe continues to exist in some form after their body has died, or the part of a person that is not physical and experiences deep feelings and emotions:

She suffered greatly while she was alive, so let us hope her soul is now at peace.

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soul noun (BLACK CULTURE)

[ U ] US a deep understanding of and being proud of the culture of black people

(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 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.

(Definition of “soul” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)