Soul meaning

sōl
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.

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An entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of a person and which, having no physical or material reality, is credited with the functions of thinking, willing, and choosing.
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The moral or emotional nature of a human being.
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The central or integral part; the vital core.
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(obsolete) To afford suitable sustenance.

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Strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, performer, or artist.

A performance that had a lot of soul.

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The spirit of a dead person, thought of as separate from the body and leading an existence of its own.
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Embodiment; personification.

The very soul of kindness.

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The person who leads or dominates; central figure.

Daniel Boone, soul of the frontier.

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(religion, folklore) The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death.
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A person, especially as one among many.
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Soul music.
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A person.

A town of 1,000 souls.

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Vital or essential part, quality, or principle.

“brevity is the soul of wit”

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An individual life.

Fifty souls were lost when the ship sank.

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Spiritual or emotional warmth, force, etc., or evidence of this.

A cold painting, without soul.

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The spirit or essence of anything.
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A sense of emotional strength or spiritual vitality held to derive from black and especially African-American cultural experience, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
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In Aristotelian philosophy, an animating or vital principle inherent in living things and endowing them in various degrees with the potential to grow and reproduce, to move and respond to stimuli (as in the case of animals), and to think rationally (as in the case of humans).
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Of, for, like, or characteristic of American blacks.
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(obsolete) To endue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.

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(music) Soul music.
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upon my soul!
  • An exclamation of surprise.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

upon my soul!

Origin of soul

  • Middle English from Old English sāwol
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old English sāwol (“soul, life, spirit, being"), from Proto-Germanic *saiwalō (“soul"). Cognate with North Frisian siel, sial (“soul"), Dutch ziel (“soul"), German Seele (“soul") (the Scandinavian forms are borrowings from the Old English).
    From Wiktionary
  • French souler (“to satiate").
    From Wiktionary