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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This highlights the importance of living in harmony with wildlife and nature — wildlife should be respected and given distance, because interacting with wild animals is a risk both to the public, and ultimately, to the animal itself. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Bobcat’s death highlights need to give wildlife space," 29 July 2019 Wonder illustrates his love for jazz not just in the lyrics but also within the arrangement, melody, rhythm, and harmony. Estelle Caswell, Vox, "Stevie Wonder’s irresistible ode to jazz, explained," 5 July 2019 But first Langford’s Waco Brothers, a veteran Chicago act, had a catalog of tunes to blister through, all jangly guitars and four-part vocal harmonies bellowed as if trying to be heard over the din of a pub. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "FitzGerald’s American Music Fest still going strong," 3 July 2019 Watching them play together and hearing their songs, with their interweaving guitar lines and vocal harmonies, feels like seeing two brothers performing old favorites. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage singer-songwriter embarks on tour after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest," 7 June 2019 Somehow, this kind of rigorous, thoughtful probing still manages to coexist in perfect harmony with the show’s barbed sense of humor, an incongruence that Streep, in particular, seems to relish. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 The room was adorned with paper lanterns, hanging in harmony with the space’s signature chandelier. Vogue, "It Was a Late Night With the Alexander Wang Gang," 10 Feb. 2019 In his performance Luciano contrasts songs that have rich and complex harmonies and melodies with simple rhythms. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar," 15 Mar. 2018 Meticulous in her preparation and dry in her humor, Ellis promoted harmony among the players and emphasized the importance of communication between the coaching staff and the roster. Steven Goff, courant.com, "Jill Ellis steps down after leading U.S. women’s national soccer team to back-to-back World Cup titles," 30 July 2019

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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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