harmony

noun
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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And yet there is a decidedly pointed message simpering beneath the song’s lilting harmonies. Vogue, "Meet the “Sugar Mummy” Singer Who’s Shaking Up the Nigerian Music Scene," 3 May 2019 That is why there is also a constructive harmony here. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Mecca of Spanish Design and Food Opens in New York," 3 Apr. 2019 Venus, planet of beauty and harmony, will be dancing along all of February in Beyoncé’s sector of romance, fun, and adventure. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "These Celebrity Couples Will Have the Hottest Valentine's Day, According to their Zodiac Signs," 14 Feb. 2019 Marlow, from Sugar Land, Texas, and Dye, from Ada, Oklahoma, were lauded by critics for their beautiful harmonies and songs that earned them comparisons to the Dixie Chicks. Kristin M. Hall, The Seattle Times, "Country duo Maddie & Tae return with new label, new music," 25 Mar. 2019 By the early 1980s the Jive Five were applying their vocal harmonies to more modern compositions. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Eugene Pitt, Doo-Wop Singer With Staying Power, Dies at 80," 5 July 2018 Their harmony, both on stage and off, is the thread that runs through the entire museum exhibit, an expansive display of LBT stage wear, couture and artifacts. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Little Big Town Exhibit Showcases Career Highs, Lows — and a One-of-a-Kind Gift from Taylor Swift," 29 June 2018 Port Huron's Gasoline Gypsies create soulful rock 'n' roll sweetened with three-part harmonies. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Magic Bag hosts Native Howl, Gasoline Gypsies; War & Treaty at Otus Supply," 31 May 2018 To get through it, the cast look to one another—a network of singularly strong performers who are even more commanding when working in harmony. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The Sound of the Temptations Hits Broadway," 27 Mar. 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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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 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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