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TOEFL BNC: 2291 COCA: 1604


soul /ˈsoʊl/ noun
plural souls
plural souls
Learner's definition of SOUL
: the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever灵魂
: a person's deeply felt moral and emotional nature心灵
[noncount] : the ability of a person to feel kindness and sympathy for others, to appreciate beauty and art, etc.高尚情操
[count] : a human being : person
[noncount] : a quality that gives emotional force and effectiveness to a performance, a work of art, etc.(表演或艺术作品中表现出来的)真情实感,感染力,内涵
[noncount] : soul music
[singular] : a person who has a lot of a particular quality(某种品质的)典范,化身+ of
[singular] : the central or most important part of something that makes it effective, valuable, etc.精髓;精华usually + of

bless my soul

see bless

body and soul

see body

keep body and soul together

see body

pour your soul out

see pour

sell your soul (to the devil)

see 1sell
TOEFL BNC: 2291 COCA: 1604


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: the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life
: the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe
capitalized Christian Science : god sense 1b
: a person's total self
: an active or essential part
: a moving spirit : leader
: the moral and emotional nature of human beings
: the quality that arouses emotion and sentiment
: spiritual or moral force : fervor
: person
not a soul in sight
: personification
she is the soul of integrity
: a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) conveyed especially by African American performers
: cultural consciousness and pride among people of African heritage


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of Black Americans or their culture
It will feature various local musicians such as Faithe, Rashawn Stallworth and Jamal Steele, all who embody a hip-hop and soul style to their music. Kamal Morgan
see also soul brother, soul food, soul music, soul sister



Example Sentences

Noun the souls of the dead He could not escape the guilt that he felt in the inner recesses of his soul. Some poor soul was asking for handouts on the street. a village of barely a hundred souls
Recent Examples on the Web
Everyone burst out into one soul-slicing dirge of laughter that seeped into the next room, into Doug’s ears. Stephanie Hayes, Sun Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2022 The event, hosted by Ellicott City Partnership, kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m., and continues Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., with artists performing a range of music, including acoustic, Americana, blues, funk, jazz, rock and soul. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 13 Sep. 2022 Yes, this is a real, honest-to-God soul singer: no autotune effects, no flattening croon that approximates laptop software, no double-time rhythm meant to approximate a rapper’s inflections. Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 12 Sep. 2022 The music itself aligns too, with Emerson’s late-‘70s brand of soft rock and blue-eyed soul audibly in thrall to Wilson’s writing and densely layered production style. Guy Lodge, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 Yando turns Poirot into an everyman figure, not the usual idiosyncratic gotcha figure but a struggling soul lost in a sea of moral difficulty. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 From Tennessee, Memphis to be precise, comes the blues/soul band Southern Avenue. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Chief progenitors of the Minneapolis sound alongside friend/mentor Prince, the soul/funk/rock band churned out a string of hits between 1981-1990. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 8 Sep. 2022 This neo-soul singer/rapper tells their stories in both a blunt and a tender way. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022
Learn soul line-dances choreographed to R&B, jazz, gospel and Latin tunes. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, 9 July 2018 Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for nine touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. baltimoresun.com, 13 Aug. 2017 Harper’s Cabin Learn about the history, nutrition and culture of African American foods, and about how soul food became important to African American families, their churches and social gatherings. Washington Post, 26 July 2017 Among its fans is soul artist Jimmy Levy of Miami, who was encouraged by his manager to try RecordGram, Mendelson said. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, 23 June 2017 See More

Word History



Middle English soule, from Old English sāwol; akin to Old High German sēula soul

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soul was before the 12th century
TOEFL BNC: 2291 COCA: 1604


1part of sb believed to exist after body is dead靈魂ADJECTIVE | VERB + SOUL | PHRASES ADJECTIVEeternal, immortal永恆的/不朽的靈魂dead死去的靈魂The messenger god, Hermes, leads dead souls into the underworld.諸神信使赫爾墨斯接引死去的靈魂進入冥界。damned被罰入地獄的靈魂human, individual人的靈魂;個人的靈魂rational理性靈魂pure純潔的靈魂great偉大的靈魂VERB + SOULsave拯救靈魂Missionaries saw it as their task to save souls.傳教士把拯救靈魂看作自己的使命。sell出賣靈魂to sell your soul to the Devil把靈魂出賣給魔鬼PHRASESa/the battle for sb's soul, a/the struggle for sb's soul (often figurative) 某人的靈魂之戰a battle for the soul of the country國家的靈魂之戰have mercy on sb's soul憐憫某人May God have mercy on my soul.願上帝憐憫我。God rest sb's soul願上帝讓某人的靈魂安息God rest his soul.願上帝讓他的靈魂安息。the immortality of the soul靈魂不朽an argument for the immortality of the soul靈魂不朽的論據the souls of the dead死者的靈魂


2part of sb/sth that shows its true nature心靈;精神ADJECTIVE | VERB + SOUL | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEvery心靈The plea touched him to his very soul.這一請求使他的心靈受到了觸動。whole整個心靈inner內心深處VERB + SOULlose失去精神In the process of being made into a movie, the story seemed to have lost its soul.在拍成電影的過程中,這個故事似乎失去了原有的靈魂。bare剖白心事He bared his soul to her.他向她剖白了自己的心跡。search反躬自問I searched my soul for any malice that could have provoked his words, but found none.我捫心自問並無任何惡意激怒他說出這番話。be good for其實有好處Laughter is good for the soul.大笑對人有益。PREPOSITIONin your soul在心靈深處Deep in her soul she knew she had to return to her country.在她的心靈深處,她知道自己必須返回祖國。PHRASESbody and soul全身心She gave herself to him body and soul.她一心一意地對他。from the depths of sb's soul, in the depths of sb's soul從某人的內心深處He let out an anguished cry from the depths of his soul.他從內心深處發出了一聲痛苦的吶喊。heart and soul全心全意He gave himself heart and soul to the cause.他全心全意地投身這一事業。a part of sb's soul某人的知心朋友She was a part of his soul.她是他的知己。


3deep feeling and thought真情實感VERB + SOUL | PREPOSITION VERB + SOULhave有感情lack缺少感情PREPOSITIONwith soul帶着感情She sang the song with passion and soul.她充滿激情地唱這首歌。


4personADJECTIVE | VERB + SOUL | PHRASES ADJECTIVElittle小傢伙poor little soul可憐的小傢伙old老人good好人bad壞人lonely, lost, poor, unfortunate孤獨的人;迷失的人;可憐的人;不幸的人innocent, simple天真的人;單純的人kindred相似的人They recognized each other as kindred souls.他們都視對方為志同道合的人。dear, generous, gentle, kind, kindly可愛的人;慷慨的人;溫柔的人;善良的人;和藹的人a kind old soul慈祥的老人sensitive敏感的人brave勇敢的人hardy (especially BrE) 能吃苦的人A few hardy souls braved the icy conditions.幾個堅強的人不畏天寒地凍的惡劣條件。romantic浪漫的人restless, tormented, tortured, troubled焦躁不安的人;飽經磨難的人;受盡折磨的人living活着的人There was no other living soul to be seen.這兒其他一個人影兒都見不着。single一個人I don't know a single soul in this town.這鎮上我一個人都不認識。VERB + SOULnot tell不告訴人I will not tell a soul about this.這件事我不會告訴任何人。PHRASESnot a soul in sight看不到人By midnight, there wasn't a soul in sight.到了午夜,一個人影兒也看不到。

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