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

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Those criteria require a project be in harmony with the neighborhood, not affect the health and safety of residents, not pose unsafe traffic conditions, and not adversely affect the development of properties in the neighborhood. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson PZC Hears Arguments Over Mining Operation," 28 June 2019 Focus your intention on creating harmony in your space while Neptune, your domestic ruler goes retrograde. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 The result is a system, dubbed Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), that produces nearly clairvoyant harmony between driver and machine. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great," 15 June 2019 Monarch's leaders decide the Titans must be kept alive in order to preserve harmony on the planet. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 31 May 2019 The room was filled with ribbons that dangled overhead; on the tables, ruby red clothes and lilac arrangements created a jewel tone color harmony. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The American Ballet Theatre Hosts Its Spring Gala Celebrating Choreographer Extraordinaire Alexei Ratmansky," 21 May 2019 Either way, that contrast is what will create harmony. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Mix Metals in Your Home," 7 Mar. 2019 The mascots were made in order to promote harmony between East and West Germany, the teams drawn to compete against each other during the group stage, ESPN reports. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "World Cup mascots through the years, from Zabivaka to World Cup Willie," 13 June 2018 That, combined with KU's frontcourt, has the potential to create some nice offensive harmony. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "We shouldn't overreact to a KU hoops scrimmage. But here's one prediction for 2018-19," 13 June 2018

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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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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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