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melody

play
noun mel·o·dy \ˈme-lə-dē\

Simple Definition of melody

  • : a pleasing series of musical notes that form the main part of a song or piece of music

  • : a song or tune

Full Definition of melody

plural mel·o·dies

  1. 1 :  a sweet or agreeable succession or arrangement of sounds :  tunefulness

  2. 2 :  a rhythmic succession of single tones organized as an aesthetic whole

me·lod·ic play \mə-ˈlä-dik\ adjective
me·lod·i·cal·ly play \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of melody

  1. He wrote a piece that includes some beautiful melodies.

  2. a composer known for his love of melody

  3. He sang a few old-fashioned melodies.



Origin of melody

Middle English melodie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin melodia, from Greek melōidia chanting, music, from melos limb, musical phrase, song (probably akin to Breton mell joint) + aeidein to sing — more at ode


First Known Use: 13th century



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