con·​cin·​ni·​ty | \ kən-ˈsi-nə-tē How to pronounce concinnity (audio) \
plural concinnities

Definition of concinnity

: harmony or elegance of design especially of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

The Romans apparently found perfect harmony in a well-mixed drink. The cocktail in question was a beverage they called "cinnus," and so agreeably concordant did they find it that its name apparently inspired the formation of "concinnare," a verb meaning "to place fitly together." "Concinnare" gave rise to concinnus, meaning "skillfully put together," which in turn fermented into "concinnitas." English speakers added the word to our mix in the 1500s as "concinnity."

Examples of concinnity in a Sentence

a choral work admired for its seamless concinnity of music and dance

First Known Use of concinnity

1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concinnity

Latin concinnitas, from concinnus skillfully put together

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about concinnity

Listen to Our Podcast about concinnity

Statistics for concinnity

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for concinnity

The first known use of concinnity was in 1531

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on concinnity

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with concinnity

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for concinnity

Comments on concinnity

What made you want to look up concinnity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!