Learner's definition of SOUL
1 a : the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever b : a person's deeply felt moral and emotional nature 2 [noncount] : the ability of a person to feel kindness and sympathy for others, to appreciate beauty and art, etc. 3 [count] : a human being : person
a brave/gentle/kind soul
Some poor soul was asking for handouts on the street.
There wasn't a soul in sight. [=there wasn't anyone in sight]
He didn't tell a soul [=anyone] that he was leaving.
a village of barely a hundred souls
4 [noncount] : a quality that gives emotional force and effectiveness to a performance, a work of art, etc. 6 [singular] : a person who has a lot of a particular quality — + of 7 [singular] : the central or most important part of something that makes it effective, valuable, etc. — usually + of
keep body and soul together
sell your soul (to the devil)