- Soul is defined as one person, or is the spirit and essence of a person.
- An example of your soul is the part of you that makes you who you are and that will live on after your death.
- An example of soul is the part of you that will go to heaven and be immortal, according to the the teachings of certain religions.
- An example of soul is any person.
soul definition by Webster's New World
- an entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of the person and, though having no physical or material reality, is credited with the functions of thinking and willing, and hence determining all behavior
- the moral or emotional nature of a human being
- spiritual or emotional warmth, force, etc., or evidence of this: a cold painting, without soul
- vital or essential part, quality, or principle: “brevity is the soul of wit”
- the person who leads or dominates; central figure: Daniel Boone, soul of the frontier
- embodiment; personification: the very soul of kindness
- a person: a town of 1,000 souls
- the spirit of a dead person, thought of as separate from the body and leading an existence of its own
- the deep spiritual and emotional quality of black American culture and heritage
- strong expression of this quality in a musical performance
- a form of rhythm and blues characterized by a more deliberate beat, emotionally intense vocals, and elements of U.S. gospel music
Origin: Middle English soule ; from Old English sawol, akin to German seele, Gothic saiwala ; from Germanic an unverified form saiwalo, literally , uncertain or unknown; perhaps that belonging to the sea (; from an unverified form saiwa- from source sea): from the early Germanic belief that souls originate in and return to the sea
soul definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.
- The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
- The disembodied spirit of a dead human.
- A human: “the homes of some nine hundred souls” (Garrison Keillor).
- The central or integral part; the vital core: “It saddens me that this network … may lose its soul, which is after all the quest for news” (Marvin Kalb).
- A person considered as the perfect embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification: I am the very soul of discretion.
- A person's emotional or moral nature: “An actor is … often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world but dare not” (Alec Guinness).
- A sense of ethnic pride among Black people and especially African Americans, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
- A strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, a performer, or an artist.
- Soul music.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sāwol.
soul - Ologies & -Isms Definition
soul - Phrases/Idioms
upon my soul!