Simple Definition of rhapsody
: a piece of music that is meant to express a lot of emotion and does not have a regular form
: a written or spoken expression of great enthusiasm, praise, etc.
Full Definition of rhapsody
1 : a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
2 archaic : a miscellaneous collection
4 : a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character
Examples of rhapsody
The mayor launched into a long rhapsody about his plans for the city.
<listening to Mozart always left him in a rhapsody that lingered for the remainder of the evening>
Origin of rhapsody
Latin rhapsodia, from Greek rhapsōidia recitation of selections from epic poetry, rhapsody, from rhapsōidos rhapsodist, from rhaptein to sew, stitch together + aidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: 1542
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