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

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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

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“Concinnity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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