har·​mo·​ny | \ˈhär-mə-nē \
plural harmonies

Definition of harmony 

1 archaic : tuneful sound : melody

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

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

4a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for harmony


chime, comity, compatibility, concord, peace


conflict, discord, dissension (also dissention), variance

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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

Cane sugar and salt work in harmony to create naturally tousled texture for perfect festival hair, $25. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "How to look cool when it's hot: Your expert style guide for Forecastle," 5 July 2018 If the leadership on this earth cannot bring this planet together in harmony, then what is your job? Ed Masley, azcentral, "Ziggy Marley talks 'Rebellion Rises' and the 'little spark' that will become a 'raging fire'," 13 June 2018 Here, those qualities don’t always come together with the conventions of the spy story in perfect harmony. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Killing Eve Is a Sign of TV to Come," 11 Apr. 2018 The latest police videos going viral don't feature scenes of confrontation -- only the sounds of harmony. Tony Dokoupil, CBS News, "Lip-sync videos of singing cops become social media sensation," 12 July 2018 As long as there’s some semblance of harmony, this could be a measure of success. Theophilos Argitis, Bloomberg.com, "A Guide to the G-7 Communique, How It's Done and Why It Matters," 8 June 2018 In remarks Sunday to the public in St. Peter's Square, the pontiff prayed that Nigeria's Christian community can find harmony and peace. Fox News, "Pope decries attack on church in Nigeria that killed 15," 29 Apr. 2018 This super catchy original song appears on the record, dreamy harmonies and lovably cheesy vibes included. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best New Christmas Songs of 2017," 17 Nov. 2017 Learn about the Noongar’s six seasons; the harmony between land, sea, and life; and how the indigenous people forage for food. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of harmony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \
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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