harmony

noun
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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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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Yet Wise also launches catchy refrains like lifeboats in a roiling lake, and the third act of many of these songs feels like the solving of a problem, with the grooves and harmonies smoothing out, opening up. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "serpentwithfeet’s Songs of Supernatural Intimacy," 8 June 2018 First violinist Takako Masame likes diversity and harmony of 100-year-old Cleveland Orchestra: My Cleveland (photos) CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Orchestra's centennial season is first violinist Takako Masame's 34th with the ensemble. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Rachel Kingsbury of The Grocery helps locals eat well and feel well: My Cleveland (photos)," 19 Apr. 2018 Given the score's rhythmic complexity and harmonic idiosyncrasies (sly integrations of modal and medieval harmonies), the choral performance, under Alex Monroe's musical direction, is nearly unimpeachable. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Facility Theatre presents an intricate, complicated Little Match Girl Passion," 19 Apr. 2018 All of these characters, and more besides, are conjured up in music of opulent inventiveness, full of tangled keyboard gestures and harmonies that are as overgrown as an enchanted garden in a fairy tale. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lera Auerbach unveils a darkly formidable new piano work," 28 Mar. 2018 Symmetrical structures create the effect of balance, order and harmony. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 In the sitting room, wicker disks and mismatched furniture create a surprising variety of materials and textures; where bamboo, robe and cane find harmony with Missoni and Svenstenn textiles. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 The whole thing comes together in a color harmony that suggests the season, without knocking dinner guests over the head with it. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "9 Festive Tablescapes to Inspire Your Thanksgiving Decor," 16 Nov. 2018 In this score, Talma, who died in 1996, deftly combines spiky 12-tone writing with stretches of radiant violin lines that float atop sonorous piano harmonies. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 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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harmony

noun

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

harmony

noun
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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