Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


No one drank except as the leader said they could, and at night they made prayers and songs.

You will find all these songs and some others in a book by Miss Fletcher in the public library.

Sing me the songs that to me were so deah Long, long ago, long ago.

He could hear them singing the songs Margaret had taught them.

But sing something that we can understand,—sing the songs I have given you, if you will.

No shouts of success, no songs of triumph, were heard, in rejoicings for their victory.

He had heard fragments of tunes and songs in the warm wind, which he knew had no existence.

They separated into groups according to the requirements of the songs they wished to sing.

Most of Barry Cornwall's and Mrs. Heman's songs are written in it.

A proof of each of the songs that I compose or amend I shall receive as a favour.


Old English sang "voice, song, art of singing; metrical composition adapted for singing, psalm, poem," from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (cf. Old Norse söngr, Norwegian song, Swedish sång, Old Saxon, Danish, Old Frisian, Old High German, German sang, Middle Dutch sanc, Dutch zang, Gothic saggws), from PIE *songwh-o- "singing, song," from *sengwh- "to sing, make an incantation" (see sing (v.)).

Phrase for a song "for a trifle, for little or nothing" is from "All's Well" III.ii.9 (the identical image, por du son, is in Old French. With a song in (one's) heart "feeling joy" is first attested 1930 in Lorenz Hart's lyric. Song and dance as a form of vaudeville act is attested from 1872; figurative sense of "rigmarole" is from 1895.