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

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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 Here is dance with its own evocative panoply of melodies, rhythms, harmonies, dynamics, constructions. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 Your sign is represented by the scales, symbolizing your appreciation for balance, harmony, and justice. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 All the different characters, the different harmonies, all the songs are so catchy and that was my first foray into pop melodies. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "MRSHLL: The Music That Made Me," 29 June 2018 Each side will say that their missions are in harmony, that good design should not preclude good aerodynamics, and that aerodynamics should not limit design. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Future of Automotive Aerodynamics," 19 June 2018 Microtonal harmonies open doors of the tune and the timbres. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A festival's final concert brings the microtonal outsiders in," 17 June 2018 There's barely a riff on this record, which left room for more vocal harmonies, more prominent keyboard parts, and even some horns. Aaron Carnes, sacbee, "Sacramento rock band explores weighty issues of loss, death and innocence," 1 June 2018 Collaborating with Nicky, Diplo and Era on this track represents harmony, eclectic flavors and genres coming together. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Will Smith Addresses Jada Pinkett Divorce Rumors in New Song Ahead of World Cup Performance," 24 May 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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