noun mel·o·dy \ˈme-lə-dē\

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

: a song or tune

plural mel·o·dies

Full Definition of MELODY

:  a sweet or agreeable succession or arrangement of sounds :  tunefulness
:  a rhythmic succession of single tones organized as an aesthetic whole
me·lod·ic \mə-ˈlä-dik\ adjective
me·lod·i·cal·ly \-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

Related to MELODY

Other Music Terms

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


noun mel·o·dy \ˈme-lə-dē\
plural mel·o·dies

Definition of MELODY for Kids

:  pleasing arrangement of sounds
:  a series of musical notes or tones arranged in a definite pattern of pitch and rhythm
:  the main part in a musical composition


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