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 Put in musical terms: A marvelous harmony gets a botched orchestration. BostonGlobe.com, "Oscar shorts nominees; madame, he’s Adam," 1 Apr. 2021 When the Nets acquired Harden from Houston in the January trade, the important questions were: Could Harden adapt and play with two other stars without jeopardizing harmony? Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Las Vegas oddsmakers agree: James Harden might be right about betting on himself as MVP," 31 Mar. 2021 There was a time when this development would have been celebrated as a triumph of tolerance and racial harmony. Naomi Schaefer Riley, National Review, "The Southern Baptist Convention Confronts Critical Race Theory," 29 Mar. 2021 This all-organic pink chai is calm and harmony in mug form, and what’s cuter than a cup of pink drink? Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "20 adorable Easter basket ideas they’ll love," 29 Mar. 2021 Members of the committee spent eight months holding listening sessions with more than 2,400 employees who discussed ideas to help increase workplace harmony, according to NorthJersey.com. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Port Authority introduces diversity initiatives amid upticks in Asian American hate crimes," 25 Mar. 2021 The final word splinters into a regal multipart harmony that lays bare the 32-year-old’s church-rearing and classical training. Briana Younger, Vulture, "Remaking R&B in Serpentwithfeet’s Image," 23 Mar. 2021 Located off the eastern coast of Africa, The Seychelles’ 115 granite and coral islands represent an archipelago of timeless beauty, tranquility and harmony. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "6 Destinations Everyone Is Visiting After Getting A COVID Vaccine," 23 Mar. 2021 Your mind is set on harmony and your ambition is geared toward celebration and creative expression; enjoy this rewarding moment! Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for March 21, 2021," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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“Harmony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmony. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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