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noun soul pronunciation in British English /səʊl/
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  1. 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
  2. 3
    [uncountable] a quality in a piece of art, music, or writing that expresses strong feelings and affects peoples 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 5
    [uncountable] music soul music


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