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melody

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of melody

plural

melodies

  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

melodic

play \mə-ˈlä-dik\ adjective

melodically

play \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of melody in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


MELODY Defined for Kids

melody

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noun mel·o·dy \ˈme-lə-dē\

Definition of melody for Students

plural

melodies

  1. 1 :  pleasing arrangement of sounds

  2. 2 :  a series of musical notes or tones arranged in a definite pattern of pitch and rhythm

  3. 3 :  the main part in a musical composition





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