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Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lied (l[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Lying (l[imac]"[i^]ng).] [OE. lien, li[yogh]en, le[yogh]en, leo[yogh]en, AS. le['o]gan; akin to D. liegen, OS. & OHG. liogan, G. l["u]gen, Icel. lj[=u]ga, Sw. ljuga, Dan. lyve, Goth. liugan, Russ. lgate.] To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation.


Lied \Lied\ (l[=e]t), n.; pl. Lieder (l[=e]"d[~e]r). [G.] (Mus.) A lay; a German song. It differs from the French chanson, and the Italian canzone, all three being national.

The German Lied is perhaps the most faithful reflection of the national sentiment.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"German romantic song," 1852, from German Lied, literally "song," from Middle High German liet, from Old High German liod, from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (see laud). Hence Liederkranz, in reference to German singing societies, literally "garland of songs."


Etymology 1 n. (context music English) An art song, sung in German and accompanied on the piano Etymology 2

vb. (en-past of: lie)

  1. n. a German art song of the 19th century for voice and piano

  2. [also: lieder (pl)]

Lied (disambiguation)

Lied or Lieder may refer to:

  • Lied, the German word for "song", usually used for the setting of romantic German poems to music
  • Past tense and past participle of lie, a deliberate untruth

(; plural ; German for "song") originally denoted in classical music the setting of Romantic German poems to music, especially during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Examples include settings by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Among English speakers, however, "Lied" is often used interchangeably with " art song" to encompass works that the tradition has inspired in other languages. The poems that have been made into Lieder often center on pastoral themes or themes of romantic love.

Typically, Lieder are arranged for a single singer and piano, the Lied with orchestral accompaniment being a later development. Some of the most famous examples of Lieder are Schubert's " Der Tod und das Mädchen" ("Death and the Maiden"), " Gretchen am Spinnrade" and " Der Doppelgänger". Sometimes Lieder are gathered in a or " song cycle", a series of songs (generally three or more) tied by a single narrative or theme, such as Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, or Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben and Dichterliebe. Schubert and Schumann are most closely associated with this genre, mainly developed in the Romantic era.

Usage examples of "lied".

Usually it is Beethoven piano sonatas, but today it is Schubert lieder.

  I was slooshying more like malenky romantic songs, what they call Lieder, just a goloss and a piano, very quiet and like yearny, different from when it had been all bolshy orchestras and me lying on the bed between the violins and the trombones and kettledrums.

He was still wrestling her around when Lieder brought the hymn to an end with a theatrical gesture and turned to bow, his arms spread wide as he harvested the applause to which everyone contributed fulsomely, except Frenchy and Delanny, who exchanged hooded glances, and Chinky, who didn't understand what was going on.

Lieder had taken that Swede girl upstairs more than an hour ago, and Bobby-My-Boy was sitting in the corner with Chinky, making her play with his pecker.

The strain of facing up to Lieder and distracting his attention while Coots descended into town, then having to witness Mr.

As though accepting his own invitation, Lieder began to down the food on his tin plate, gripping his spoon in his fist like a child, and talking while he ate.

Murphy's worried eyes returned to Lieder just as Jeff Calder came in from the kitchen, carrying two steaming tin plates.