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
Examples of melody in a sentence
He wrote a piece that includes some beautiful melodies.
a composer known for his love of melody
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
MELODY Defined for Kids
Definition of melody for Students
1 : pleasing arrangement of sounds
2 : a series of musical notes or tones arranged in a definite pattern of pitch and rhythm
3 : the main part in a musical composition
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