- songW2S2 [sɔŋ US so:ŋ] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(music with words)¦2¦(birds)¦3 for a song4 a song and dance (about something)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: sang]1.) ¦(MUSIC WITH WORDS)¦a)a short piece of music with words that you singpop/folk/love etc song▪ pop songs on the radio▪ They sat round with guitars, singing folk songs .b) [U]songs in general▪ The bravery of past warriors was celebrated in song.burst/break into song(=suddenly start singing)▪ Some of his more drunken friends burst into song.2.) ¦(BIRDS)¦ [U and C]the musical sounds made by birds and some other animals such as ↑whales▪ the song of the lark3.) for a songvery cheaply▪ He bought the house for a song five years ago.4.) a song and dance (about sth) informala) BrE if you make a song and dance about something, you behave as if it was worse, more important, more difficult etc than it really is▪ Suzy was there, making a song and dance about her aching feet.b) AmE an explanation or excuse that is too long and complicated▪ She gave us a long song and dance about why she was late.→↑swansong
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.