W3S3 [səul US soul] n
1¦(somebody's spirit)¦
4¦(sense of beauty)¦
5¦(special quality)¦
6 be the soul of discretion
7 be good for the soul
8 God rest his/her soul
9¦(people in a place)¦
10 bless my soul/upon my soul
[: Old English; Origin: sawol]
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
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 dead
2.) ¦(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 band
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.
the special quality or part that gives something its true character
soul of
Basho's poems capture the true soul of old Japan.
6.) be the soul of discretion
to always be extremely careful to keep secrets
Leon is the very soul of discretion.
7.) be good for the soul
if 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 soul
used 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 souls
10.) bless my soul/upon my soul
old-fashioned spoken used to express surprise
bare your soul atbare2 (2)
be the life and soul of the party atlife
keep body and soul together atbody
heart and soul atheart
sell your soul (to the devil) atsell1 (9)

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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