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 Up to five of these fans can work in tandem using the proprietary color-control software, allowing incredible and unique lighting effects to take place in harmony with the rest of your rig. Popular Science, "The best gear to upgrade your gaming atmosphere," 22 Sep. 2020 Last spring, when schools abruptly shifted to distance learning, Wilson said joining all her students together in harmony, virtually, seemed like a tall order. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Minnesota school music programs play on, despite the pandemic," 21 Sep. 2020 Even a world-class orchestra will produce a cacophony if its strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion sections don’t play in harmony. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "An ‘uncoordinated’ immune response may explain why COVID-19 strikes some hard, particularly the elderly," 16 Sep. 2020 That’s resulted in a flourishing ecosystem within the garden walls, a place where koi fish, birds, plants and people all coexist in harmony. oregonlive, "What it’s like to visit Portland’s favorite attractions in pandemic times," 4 Sep. 2020 Country-rock brothers-in-harmony Page Burkum and Jack Torrey take the virtual stage at 3 p.m. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Thursday, September 3," 3 Sep. 2020 Someone with the strongest ethical character, and a moral compass that is in harmony with a totally fearless creative abandon. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Timothée Chalamet Wishes 'Friend' Zendaya a Happy Birthday: 'Hope Your Day Is Beautiful'," 1 Sep. 2020 That life on Earth moves in harmony with the sun’s daily path through the sky has been known for thousands of years. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 Dupaty—whose business also offers truffle hunting, catering, and guest lodging—is just one example of how locals run in harmony with the park’s mission of conservation. National Geographic, "At France’s newest national park, it’s all about the trees," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of harmony was in the 14th century

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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Harmony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmony. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce harmony (audio)

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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