har·​mo·​ny | \ ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce harmony (audio) \
plural harmonies

Definition of harmony

1a : the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord She taught him how to sing harmony.
b : the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms
c : the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
2a : pleasing arrangement of parts : congruence a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line
b : agreement, accord when a woman's desires are in harmony with those of her husband
c : internal calm : tranquility a period of relative harmony
3a : an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative
b : a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony
4 archaic : tuneful sound : melody

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Examples of harmony in a Sentence

a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day
Recent Examples on the Web The peace camp in Israel has diminished in size and strength since the Oslo accords opened the possibility of two states living side by side in harmony. Washington Post, "Annex the West Bank? How an Idea Lost Its Taboo in Israel," 15 Sep. 2019 Swarms of chimney swifts make the rounds, whistling in harmony. David Holahan, courant.com, "Visiting Corsica: Up and Down and Around The Mountainous Mediterranean Idyll," 13 Sep. 2019 To reduce the chance of backsliding, enlist the support of your Internet and IRL financial friends that, too, are about securing the bag, positive living, and living in financial harmony. Kara Stevens, Essence, "5 Tips To Make September Your Financial 'Self-Care' Month," 13 Sep. 2019 Friday focuses on pairs of performers singing in close harmony while accompanying themselves on stringed instruments. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair’s final weekend of free music includes Dessa, Brother Ali and Prince karaoke," 29 Aug. 2019 Everything works together in perfect harmony: the crisp, watery cucumbers offsetting the salty peanuts; the crunchy toppings balancing the custardy consistency of the silken tofu. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "I Douse Everything in Hot Sauce, But This Cooling Silken Tofu Won Me Over," 2 Aug. 2019 You and a special someone might be in complete harmony today. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 24, 2019: Aries, spin the wheel and take a chance; Sagittarius, sometimes less is more," 24 July 2019 The city was alive with the energy that’s distinctly New York, everyone doing their own strange thing in perfect, chaotic harmony, the awareness that even the most mundane routines in this city are laced with an element of unpredictability. Emily J. Smith, Curbed, "The unexpected gift of couch arrest," 18 July 2019 For Carlos Santana, the past and present are coming together in perfect harmony this year. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of harmony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for harmony

Middle English armony, from Anglo-French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at arm

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The first known use of harmony was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of harmony

: the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound
: a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things


har·​mo·​ny | \ ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce harmony (audio) \
plural harmonies

Kids Definition of harmony

1 : the playing of musical tones together in chords
2 : a pleasing arrangement of parts a harmony of colors
3 : agreement sense 1, accord The committee worked in harmony.

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not being in agreement or harmony

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