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

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The 2016 comedy is set in a human-less world where all animals co-exist together in harmony while still dealing with their own set of harmful -isms. Mehera Bonner And Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "25 Animated Movies Every Adult Should Watch," 5 Sep. 2019 Singing together in harmony was something all three enjoyed on all special family occasions. courant.com, "Rita Pisetsky," 23 Aug. 2019 All three sang in different ranges, had completely unique voices and also sang in harmony. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s top Chicago tribute band, Leonid & Friends, back in the USA," 7 Aug. 2019 Prior harmonies seemed to hang in the air, coloring new ones. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: A Pianist’s Seamless Flow, Nothing Short of Astounding," 6 Apr. 2018 Perfect harmonies with a simple acoustic guitar coupled with original songs about women's rights and social justice -- usually with a smirk. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "Folk Alliance, a weekend of music from around the world (photos)," 18 Feb. 2018 For decades, the Waiapi have lived in the Brazilian state of Amapa in near-isolation from the non-indigenous world and in harmony with the rainforest. Flora Charner, Isa Soares, Waffa Munayyer, Cnn, CNN, "Brazil's indigenous guardians of the Amazon," 27 Aug. 2019 Get your burger fix: Read all 52 Weeks of Burgers reports so far Best burger: The Flats Signature Burger ($12) was all about the delectable sauce working in harmony with the beef patty. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Tycoon Flats," 23 Aug. 2019 The granite counters are dark-toned, in harmony with the shiny black appliances. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Farmhand quarters serve as office suite in Needham antique," 21 Aug. 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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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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