het·​er·​oph·​o·​ny | \ ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-fə-nē How to pronounce heterophony (audio) \
plural heterophonies

Definition of heterophony

: independent variation on a single melody by two or more voices

Examples of heterophony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His 1920s recordings with the Red Hot Peppers reached the peak of the New Orleans style of group embellishment and collective improvisation, with its trademark heterophony and polyphony. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of heterophony

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterophony

Greek heterophōnia diversity of note, from heter- + -phōnia -phony

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“Heterophony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterophony. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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