from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soothing song with which to lull a child to sleep.
  • transitive v. To quiet with or as if with a lullaby.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soothing song to lull children to sleep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A song to quiet babes or lull them to sleep; that which quiets.
  • n. Hence: Good night; good-by.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lull to sleep; hush with a lullaby.
  • n. A song sung to lull children to sleep; a cradle-song.
  • n. A cradle-song, or an instrumental piece in the style of a cradle-song; a berceuse.
  • n. Hence Good night; good-by.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of singing a quiet song to lull a child to sleep
  • n. a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep


Obsolete lulla, word used in lullabies (from Middle English lullai, from lullen, to lull; see lull) + bye2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lullen ("to lull") + bye. First recorded circa 1560. (Wiktionary)



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