harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony

plural

harmonies

  1. 1 archaic :  tuneful sound :  melody

  2. 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 rhythmsc :  the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords

  3. 3a :  pleasing arrangement of parts :  congruence a painting exhibiting harmony of color and lineb :  agreement, accord when a woman's desires are in harmony with those of her husbandc :  internal calm :  tranquility a period of relative harmony

  4. 4a :  an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrativeb :  a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony

Examples of harmony in a sentence

  1. a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms

  2. her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day

Origin and Etymology of harmony

Middle English armony, from Anglo-French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at arm


First Known Use: 14th century


HARMONY Defined for English Language Learners

harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

harmony

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noun har·mo·ny \ˈhär-mə-nē\

Definition of harmony for Students

plural

harmonies

  1. 1 :  the playing of musical tones together in chords

  2. 2 :  a pleasing arrangement of parts a harmony of colors

  3. 3 :  agreement 1, accord The committee worked in harmony.



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