- soul [ soul ] noun ***▸ 1 mind/spirit of person▸ 2 person▸ 3 strong feeling/emotion▸ 4 something's special qualities▸ 5 soul music▸ + PHRASES1. ) count the part of a person that is capable of thinking and feelinga ) the spiritual part of a person that most religions believe continues to exist after their body dies2. ) count usually singular a person:I promise I won't tell a soul.not a soul: There wasn't a soul to be seen.Not a soul in the world would blame you for what you did.a ) count a particular type of person:Her husband was killed in the war, poor soul.b ) souls plural MAINLY LITERARY people:a village of only 170 souls3. ) uncount 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.a ) the ability to feel strong emotions such as happiness and sadness:If you're not touched by this movie, you've no soul.4. ) uncount 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. ) uncount SOUL MUSICbe the soul of somethingto be the perfect example of a particular quality:She's the soul of discretion.bless his/her soul or God rest his/her soul OLD-FASHIONEDused for showing love or respect when you talk about someone who is deadbless my soul OLD-FASHIONEDused for expressing surprisegood for the soulgood for you:Laughter is good for the soul.sell your soul (to the devil)to do whatever is necessary to get something you want, even if it involves doing something dishonest or immoral:He would sell his soul for a seat in the cabinet.=> BODY
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.