Definition of

Soul

  1. (noun, person) the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life
  2. (noun, tops) a human being
  3. (noun, feeling) deep feeling or emotion
  4. (noun, act) the human embodiment of something
  5. (noun, communication) a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Soul

Hyponyms: abator, abjurer, abomination, aboriginal, aborigine, abstainer, abstinent, achiever, acquaintance, acquirer, active, actor, adjudicator, admirer, adoptee, adult, adventurer, adversary, advisee, advocate, advocator, affiant, african, aggregator, agnostic, allayer, amateur, amerindian, ancient, anomaly, antagonist, anti, anti-american, ape, aper, applicant, applied scientist, applier, appointee, appointment, appreciator, apprehender, aquarius, archaist, archer, aries, arrogator, assessee, assimilator, asthmatic, attempter, authority, autodidact, baby, baby boomer, baby buster, bad guy, bad person, balance, baldhead, baldpate, baldy, balker, bather, battler, baulker, beard, bedfellow, beguiler, beholder, belligerent, bereaved, bereaved person, best, birth, biter, black, black person, blackamoor, blogger, blond, blonde, bluecoat, bodybuilder, bomber, boomer, brunet, brunette, bull, bullfighter, buster, cancer, candidate, capitalist, capricorn, captor, capturer, carrottop, case, cashier, caucasian, celebrant, celebrater, celebrator, censor, chameleon, changer, charmer, child, chooser, chutzpanik, closer, cloud seeder, clumsy person, coddler, collector, color-blind person, combatant, comforter, common man, common person, commoner, communicator, compeer, complexifier, compulsive, computer user, contemplative, contestant, contriver, controller, controversialist, convert, copycat, counter, counterterrorist, coward, crab, crawler, creator, creature, creditor, creeper, cripple, cross-dresser, dancer, dead person, dead soul, deaf person, debaser, debitor, debtor, deceased, deceased person, decedent, defecator, degrader, delayer, deliverer, demander, denizen, departed, deviser, dieter, differentiator, discriminator, disentangler, disputant, dissenter, dissident, divider, doer, domestic partner, doormat, double, doubter, dresser, dribbler, driveller, drooler, drug user, dupe, dweller, dyslectic, ectomorph, effecter, effector, ejector, elizabethan, emotional person, emulator, endomorph, engineer, enjoyer, enrollee, entertainer, equal, eristic, essayer, ethnic, excuser, expectorator, experimenter, expert, explorer, exponent, extravert, extrovert, face, faddist, faller, fastener, female, female person, fiduciary, fighter, first-rater, fish, fleer, follower, forerunner, forgiver, free agent, free spirit, freewheeler, friend, fugitive, gainer, gambler, gatekeeper, gatherer, gay, gem, gemini, gentile, ghost, goat, good guy, good person, granter, greeter, grinner, groaner, grownup, grunter, guesser, guinea pig, habitant, handicapped person, hater, have, hebrew, heterosexual, heterosexual person, homo, homophile, homosexual, homunculus, hope, hoper, huddler, hugger, image, imitator, immune, indigen, indigene, individualist, indweller, inexperienced person, inhabitant, innocent, insured, insured person, intellect, intellectual, interpreter, introvert, israelite, jat, jew, jewel, jumper, junior, juvenile, juvenile person, killer, kink, kneeler, knocker, knower, ladino, large person, latin, laugher, leader, learner, left-hander, lefty, leo, libra, life, lightning rod, linguist, lion, literate, literate person, liver, longer, look-alike, loose cannon, loved one, lover, machine, mailer, maimer, malcontent, male, male person, man, man jack, mangler, manipulator, married, masturbator, match, measurer, mediocrity, mesomorph, mestizo, middlebrow, miracle man, miracle worker, misogamist, mixed-blood, modern, modifier, mollycoddler, money dealer, money handler, monolingual, mother hen, mouse, mover and shaker, muscle builder, muscle-builder, musclebuilder, muscleman, mutilator, namer, namesake, national, native, native american, needer, neglecter, negro, negroid, neighbor, neighbour, neutral, noncompliant, nondescript, nondrinker, nonmember, nonparticipant, nonpartisan, nonpartizan, nonperson, nonreligious person, nonresident, nonsmoker, nonworker, nude, nude person, nurser, objector, observer, occultist, onanist, opener, opponent, opposer, optimist, orphan, ostrich, ouster, outcaste, outdoorsman, owner, pamperer, pansexual, pardoner, partner, party, passer, peer, perceiver, percher, percipient, person of color, person of colour, persona non grata, personage, personification, perspirer, philosopher, picker, pisces, pisser, planner, player, polyglot, possessor, posturer, powderer, precursor, preserver, primitive, primitive person, proponent, propositus, prospect, protester, public relations person, pursuer, pussycat, quarter, quester, quitter, radical, ram, realist, recoverer, rectifier, red-header, redhead, redheader, registrant, relation, relative, reliever, religious person, repeater, rescuer, resister, rester, restrainer, revenant, rich person, right hander, right-hander, righthander, riser, romanticist, romper, roundhead, ruler, runaway, rusher, sagittarius, saluter, saver, scholar, scientist, scorpio, scorpion, scourge, scrag, scrapper, scratcher, searcher, second-rater, seeder, seeker, segregate, selector, self, sensualist, sentimentalist, sex object, sex symbol, shaker, shitter, showman, signatory, signer, significant other, simple, simpleton, six-footer, skidder, skin and bones, slav, slave, slayer, sleepyhead, slider, slipper, slobberer, sloucher, small person, smasher, smiler, smotherer, sneezer, sniffer, sniffler, sniveler, snuffer, snuffler, social dancer, socialiser, socializer, sort, sounding board, southpaw, sphinx, spitter, spoiler, sport, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent, sprawler, spurner, squint-eye, squinter, squirmer, stifler, stigmatic, stigmatist, stooper, straight, straight person, stranger, struggler, subject, substance abuser, succeeder, success, supernumerary, surrenderer, survivalist, survivor, suspect, swayer, sweater, tagger, tapper, taurus, technologist, tempter, termer, terror, testate, testator, thin person, third-rater, thirster, threat, thrower, tiger, topper, toreador, totemist, toucher, transexual, transfer, transferee, transsexual, transvestite, traveler, traveller, trier, turner, twin, tyrant, undoer, unfastener, unfortunate, unfortunate person, unperson, unraveler, unraveller, unskilled person, untier, unusual person, unwelcome person, urinator, user, vanisher, venturer, victim, victorian, virgin, virgo, visionary, visually impaired person, voider, waiter, waker, walk-in, wanter, ward, warrior, watcher, water bearer, weakling, wealthy person, weasel, weight gainer, welcomer, white, white person, wiggler, wight, winker, winner, withholder, witness, worker, worldling, wriggler, wuss, yawner, yearner, yielder

Hypernyms: african-american music, being, black music, causal agency, causal agent, cause, embodiment, feeling, gospel, gospel singing, organism, spirit

Origin of the word Soul

  1. O.E. sawol "spiritual and emotional part of a person, animate existence," from P.Gmc. *saiwalo (cf. O.S. seola, O.N. sala, O.Fris. sele, M.Du. siele, Du. ziel, O.H.G. seula, Ger. Seele, Goth. saiwala), of uncertain origin. Sometimes said to mean originally "coming from or belonging to the sea," because that w… more
  2. "instinctive quality felt by black persons as an attribute," 1946, jazz slang, from soul (1). Soulful "full of feeling" is attested from 1863. Hence Soul music, essentially gospel music with "girl" in place of "Jesus," etc., first attested 1961; William James used the term in 1900, in a spiritual/romantic sense, but in ref. to inner music. Also from this sense are… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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