noun sym·pho·ny \-nē\

: a long piece of music that is usually in four large, separate sections and that is performed by an orchestra

plural sym·pho·nies

Full Definition of SYMPHONY

:  consonance of sounds
a :  ritornello 1
b :  sinfonia 1
c (1) :  a usually long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
(2) :  a musical composition (as for organ) resembling such a symphony in complexity or variety
:  consonance or harmony of color (as in a painting)
a :  symphony orchestra
b :  a symphony orchestra concert
:  something that in its harmonious complexity or variety suggests a symphonic composition <a symphony of flavors>

Examples of SYMPHONY

  1. <the satisfying symphony of color in Renoir's canvases>
  2. <a performance of a Bach concerto by the San Antonio Symphony>

Origin of SYMPHONY

Middle English symphonie, from Middle French, from Latin symphonia, from Greek symphōnia, from symphōnos concordant in sound, from syn- + phōnē voice, sound — more at ban
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Music Terms

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


noun sym·pho·ny \ˈsim-fə-nē\
plural sym·pho·nies

Definition of SYMPHONY for Kids

:  a usually long musical composition for a full orchestra
:  a large orchestra of wind, string, and percussion instruments
:  harmonious arrangement (as of sound or color)


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