harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony

plural

harmonies

  1. 1 archaic :  tuneful sound :  melody

  2. 2a :  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

  3. 3a :  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>

  4. 4a :  an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrativeb :  a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony

Examples of harmony in a sentence

  1. a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms

  2. <her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day>

Origin and Etymology of harmony

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


First Known Use: 14th century


HARMONY Defined for English Language Learners

harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HARMONY Defined for Kids

harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony for Students

plural

harmonies

  1. 1 :  the playing of musical tones together in chords

  2. 2 :  a pleasing arrangement of parts <a harmony of colors>

  3. 3 :  agreement 1, accord <The committee worked in harmony.>



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