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harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Simple Definition of harmony

  • : the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound

  • : a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things

Full Definition of harmony

plural har·mo·nies

  1. 1 archaic :  tuneful sound :  melody

  2. 2 a :  the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord b :  the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords c :  the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords

  3. 3 a :  pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts <a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line> b :  correspondence, accord <lives in harmony with her neighbors> c :  internal calm :  tranquillity

  4. 4 a :  an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative b :  a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony

Examples of harmony

  1. a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms

  2. <her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day>



Origin of harmony

Middle English armony, from Anglo-French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at arm


First Known Use: 14th century



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