soul ( souls plural )
1 n-count Your soul is the part of you that consists of your mind, character, thoughts, and feelings. Many people believe that your soul continues existing after your body is dead.
usu with supp
She went to pray for the soul of her late husband..., `I will put my heart and soul into the job,' he promises.
2 n-count You can refer to someone as a particular kind of soul when you are describing their character or condition.
He's a jolly soul...
3 n-sing You use soul in negative statements like not a soul to mean nobody at all.
I've never harmed a soul in my life..., There was not a soul there.
4 n-uncount Soul or soul music is a type of pop music performed mainly by black American musicians. It developed from gospel and blues music and often expresses deep emotions.
...American soul singer Anita Baker.
to bare one's soul →
body and soul →
the life and soul of the party →
lost soul ( lost souls plural ) If you call someone a lost soul, you mean that they seem unhappy, and unable to fit in with any particular group of people in society. n-count
They just clung to each other like two lost souls.
Activities or situations that are soul-destroying make you depressed, because they are boring or because there is no hope of improvement. adj
Believing yourself to be in the wrong job can be soul-destroying.
Soul food is used to refer to the kind of food, for example corn bread, ham, and greens, that was popular with black Americans in the southern United States and is considered typical of them.
(mainly AM) n-uncount
soul mate ( soul mates plural ) , soulmate A soul mate is someone with whom you share a close friendship and deep personal understanding. n-count
Steve and I became soul mates, near-constant companions.
Soul music or soul is a type of pop music performed mainly by black American musicians. It developed from gospel and blues music and often expresses deep emotions. n-uncount
Soul-searching is a long and careful examination of your thoughts and feelings, especially when you are trying to make a difficult moral decision or thinking about something that has gone wrong. n-uncount
My year was really spent doing a lot of soul-searching and trying to find out what had gone wrong in my life.