Soul Definition

sōl
souls
noun
souls
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.
Webster's New World
This part of a human when disembodied after death.
American Heritage
Spiritual or emotional warmth, force, etc., or evidence of this.
A cold painting, without soul.
Webster's New World
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).
American Heritage
The moral or emotional nature of a human being.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
body
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adjective
Of, for, like, or characteristic of American blacks.
Webster's New World
verb

(obsolete) To endue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.

Wiktionary
(obsolete) To afford suitable sustenance.
Wiktionary
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Wiktionary
idiom
upon my soul!
  • an exclamation of surprise
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Soul

Noun

Singular:
soul
Plural:
souls

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Soul

  • upon my soul!

Origin of Soul

  • 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

  • Middle English from Old English sāwol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French souler (“to satiate").

    From Wiktionary

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