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 Jon Swift was a founding member of the popular acoustic bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing upright bass and singing lead and harmony vocals for live audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as radio and TV shows. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 Aug. 2020 There are lanterns and bridges, always in harmony with their surroundings. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Japanese Gardening with Ease," 6 Aug. 2020 Richardson and Ferreira both agree that their biggest challenge was finding the harmony between the heavy emotional stakes and the more light-hearted jokes. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira hit the road in exclusive UNpregnant first look," 4 Aug. 2020 The rollout of Bateman’s decision showed harmony between the receiver and the Gophers program. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Don't be shocked if flood of college athletes follow Rashod Bateman's lead," 4 Aug. 2020 Libra is an air sign represented by the scales (interestingly, the only inanimate object of the zodiac), an association that reflects Libra's fixation on balance and harmony. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Libra, Explained," 31 July 2020 This all ends up working in harmony with the improved safety, too: The upgrades are lighter in mass, making the train both more fuel-efficient and easier to stop with the same number of passengers aboard. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Brand New Bullet Train Is Earthquake-Proof," 22 July 2020 In other senses, though, lawmakers and the governor seem to be working in harmony, despite some reports to the contrary. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Coronavirus pandemic gives Colorado Gov. Jared Polis unprecedented power," 5 July 2020 Coleman, in contrast, imagined harmony, melody, and rhythm as equal constituents. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Radically Inclusive Music of Ornette Coleman," 5 June 2020

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Harmony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmony. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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