noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

: 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

plural har·mo·nies

Full Definition of HARMONY

archaic :  tuneful sound :  melody
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
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
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

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
HARMONY Defined for Kids


noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\
plural har·mo·nies

Definition of HARMONY for Kids

:  the playing of musical tones together in chords
:  a pleasing arrangement of parts <a harmony of colors>
:  agreement 1, accord <The committee worked in harmony.>
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