- soulW3S3 [səul US soul] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(somebody's spirit)¦2¦(person)¦3¦(music)¦4¦(sense of beauty)¦5¦(special quality)¦6 be the soul of discretion7 be good for the soul8 God rest his/her soul9¦(people in a place)¦10 bless my soul/upon my soul▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: sawol]1.) ¦(SOMEBODY'S SPIRIT)¦the part of a person that is not physical, and that contains their character, thoughts, and feelings. Many people believe that a person's soul continues to exist after they have died→↑spirit▪ the immortality of the soul▪ It was as if those grey eyes could see into the very depths of her soul .in sb's soul▪ the restlessness deep in his soul▪ the souls of the dead2.) ¦(PERSON)¦used in particular phrases to mean 'a person'happy/sensitive/brave/simple etc soul▪ He is really quite a sensitive soul.not a (living) soul(=no one)▪ I promise I won't tell a soul .not a soul in sight/not a soul to be seen▪ The night was dark and still, and there was not a soul in sight.poor (old) soul(=used to show pity for someone)▪ The poor old soul had fallen and broken her hip.3.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ also soul music[U]a type of popular music that often expresses deep emotions, usually performed by black singers and musicians▪ He listens to a lot of soul.▪ a soul band4.) ¦(SENSE OF BEAUTY)¦[U]a) the ability to be emotionally affected by art, music, literature etc▪ My brother thinks that anyone who doesn't like poetry has no soul.b) the quality that affects people emotionally, that a painting, piece of music etc can have▪ Her performance was technically perfect, but it lacked soul.5.) ¦(SPECIAL QUALITY)¦[U]the special quality or part that gives something its true charactersoul of▪ Basho's poems capture the true soul of old Japan.6.) be the soul of discretionto always be extremely careful to keep secrets▪ Leon is the very soul of discretion.7.) be good for the soulif something is good for the soul, it is good for you and you should do it, even though it may seem unpleasant - often used humorously▪ They say that hardship is good for the soul.8.) God rest his/her soulused when you mention the name of someone who is dead▪ My father, God rest his soul, died here at Vernison Hall.9.) ¦(PEOPLE IN A PLACE)¦ [plural]literary the number of souls in a place is the number of people who live there▪ a village of two or three hundred souls10.) bless my soul/upon my soulold-fashioned spoken used to express surprise→bare your soul at ↑bare2 (2)→be the life and soul of the party at ↑life→keep body and soul together at ↑body→heart and soul at ↑heart→sell your soul (to the devil) at ↑sell1 (9)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.