coun·​ter·​mel·​o·​dy | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌme-lə-dē How to pronounce countermelody (audio) \

Definition of countermelody

: a secondary melody that is sounded simultaneously with the principal one

Examples of countermelody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moment the audience came in with the countermelody will live in my heart forever. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Most Powerful Moments From the Families Belong Together Marches," 1 July 2018 In the soaring conclusion, Raymond and Hekselman play the melody in ebullient unison while a countermelody loops beneath them. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills New York flugelhorn player John Raymond comes to Chicago with his cozily melodic trio," 9 Feb. 2018 Prager was confidently cueing every entrance, conveying every dynamic, and accentuating every countermelody. Jonathan Merrill, National Review, "From Ear to Ear: Dennis Prager Conducts Haydn at Disney Hall," 8 Sep. 2017 In his work with the actors, Mr. Leon emphasizes the moments when that melody and countermelody intersect in questions of privilege and prejudice, even among lovers. Jesse Green, New York Times, "In a Summer Theater Weekend, Odd Couples and Immigrants on the Make," 5 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'countermelody.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of countermelody

1926, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about countermelody

Time Traveler for countermelody

Time Traveler

The first known use of countermelody was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Statistics for countermelody

Cite this Entry

“Countermelody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

Comments on countermelody

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


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


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!