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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.

      souls

      [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 people's emotions

    His poetry contains many beautiful images, but it lacks 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.

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