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symphony

play
noun sym·pho·ny \-nē\

Simple Definition of symphony

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of symphony

plural

symphonies

  1. 1 :  consonance of sounds

  2. 2a :  ritornello 1b :  sinfonia 1c (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

  3. 3 :  consonance or harmony of color (as in a painting)

  4. 4a :  symphony orchestrab :  a symphony orchestra concert

  5. 5 :  something that in its harmonious complexity or variety suggests a symphonic composition <a symphony of flavors>

Examples of symphony in a sentence

  1. <the satisfying symphony of color in Renoir's canvases>

  2. <a performance of a Bach concerto by the San Antonio Symphony>



Origin and Etymology 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


SYMPHONY Defined for Kids

symphony

play
noun sym·pho·ny \ˈsim-fə-nē\

Definition of symphony for Students

plural

symphonies

  1. 1 :  a usually long musical composition for a full orchestra

  2. 2 :  a large orchestra of wind, string, and percussion instruments

  3. 3 :  harmonious arrangement (as of sound or color)





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