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rhapsody

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noun rhap·so·dy \ˈrap-sə-dē\

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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rhapsody

plural

rhapsodies

  1. 1 :  a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation

  2. 2 archaic :  a miscellaneous collection

  3. 3 a (1) :  a highly emotional utterance (2) :  a highly emotional literary work (3) :  effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse b :  rapture, ecstasy

  4. 4 :  a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character

Examples of rhapsody in a sentence

  1. The mayor launched into a long rhapsody about his plans for the city.

  2. <listening to Mozart always left him in a rhapsody that lingered for the remainder of the evening>



Origin and Etymology 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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