Song vs Tune - What's the difference?

song | tune |

As nouns the difference between song and tune

is that song is a musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing while tune is a melody.

As a verb tune is

to modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.



(wikipedia song)


(en noun)
  • A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.
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  • *{{quote-book, 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, chapter=The Tutor's Daughter, Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion, page= 266
  • , passage=In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.}}
  • *, chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song , the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights,
  • (label) Any musical composition.
  • Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:This subject for heroic song .
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:The bard that first adorned our native tongue / Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song .
  • The act or art of singing.
  • A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.
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  • *(Nathaniel Hawthorne) (1804-1864)
  • *:That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.
  • Something that cost only a little; chiefly in for a song.
  • :
  • *(Benjamin Silliman) (1779–1864)
  • *:The soldier's pay is a song .
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  • *:Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song , and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
  • An object of derision; a laughing stock.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxx. 9
  • *:And now am I their song , yea, I am their byword.
  • Derived terms

    * birdsong * for a song * old song * on song * singsong * siren song * Song of Solomon * Song of Songs * songsheet * song sparrow * song thrush * songwise * songwriter * swan song

    See also

    * canticle * go for a song


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    (wikipedia tune)


    (en noun)
  • A melody.
  • A song, or short musical composition.
  • (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
  • Your engine needs a good tune .
  • The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
  • Your engine is now in tune .
    This piano is not in tune .
  • (UK, slang) A very good song.
  • You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? —Mate, that is a tune !
  • (obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the tune of your voices
  • (obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.
  • * John Locke
  • A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune , as when he is dragged unwillingly to [his task].

    Derived terms

    * change one's tune * in tune * out of tune * to the tune of * carry a tune


  • To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.
  • to tune a piano or a violin
  • * Dryden
  • Tune your harps.
  • To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
  • To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
  • * Milton
  • For now to sorrow must I tune my song.
  • To sing with melody or harmony.
  • * Milton
  • Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow, / Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
  • (South Africa, slang, transitive) To cheek; to be impudent towards.
  • Are you tuning me?

    Derived terms

    * fine-tune * stay tuned * tune in * * tuner * tune out * tune up


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