rhapsody


Main Entry: rhap·so·dy
Pronunciation: \ˈrap-sə-dē\
Function: noun
Etymology: 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
Inflected Forms: plural rhap·so·dies
Date: 1542
1
: a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
2
archaic : a miscellaneous collection
3
a (1) : a highly emotional utterance (2) : a highly emotional literary work (3) : effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse
b : rapture, ecstasy
4
: a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character