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noun soul pronunciation in British English /səʊl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the part of a person that is capable of thinking and feeling
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] a person

    I promise I won’t tell a soul.

    not a soul:

    There wasn’t a soul to be seen.

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular type of person

      Her husband was killed in the war, poor soul.

    2. b.


      [plural] mainly literary people

      a village of only 170 souls

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a quality in a piece of art, music, or writing that expresses strong feelings and affects people’s emotions

    His poetry contains many beautiful images, but it lacks soul.

    1. a.
      the ability to feel strong emotions such as happiness and sadness

      If you’re not touched by this film, you’ve no soul.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the qualities that are typical of something and make it special
    the soul of the city/university/community etc:

    The loss of local shops has destroyed the soul of the community.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] music soul music

Open Dictionary


the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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