Definition of lullaby in English:


Line breaks: lul|laby
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌləbʌɪ

noun (plural lullabies)

  • A quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep.
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    • Participants learned the old lullabies and folk songs of their mothers and grandmothers joyfully and enthusiastically.
    • Their traditional music includes work songs, hymns, lullabies, ballads, and healing songs.
    • The music is Celtic-Emerald Isle - the songs are a lullaby.
    cradle song, soothing song, gentle song, quiet song; French berceuse

verb (lullabies, lullabying, lullabied)

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  • Sing to (someone) to get them to go to sleep: she lullabied us, she fed us
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    • For the next ten years until the death of Philip V (the first Spanish Bourbon and father of the first Neapolitan Bourbon), Farinelli lullabied the depressed king to sleep with the same four songs every night!
    • Another such piece, ‘Child Falling Asleep,’ lulls the mind into a sleepy state, much as he might have imagined lullabying his own children at bedtime.
    • Sunshine will appeal to story group times at schools and libraries, as well as parents and grandparents lullabying their children to sleep at bedtime.


mid 16th century: from lull + bye-bye, a sound used as a refrain in lullabies; compare with bye-byes.

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