melody

noun mel·o·dy \ ˈme-lə-dē \

Definition of melody

plural melodies
1 :a sweet or agreeable succession or arrangement of sounds
  • whilst all the winds with melody are ringing
  • —P. B. Shelley
2 :a rhythmic succession of single tones organized as an aesthetic whole
  • a hummable melody
  • the piper's fingers play the melody on a pipe called a chanter
  • —Pat Cahill

melodic

play \mə-ˈlä-dik\ adjective

melodically

play \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of melody in a Sentence

  1. He wrote a piece that includes some beautiful melodies.

  2. a composer known for his love of melody

  3. He sang a few old-fashioned melodies.

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Origin and Etymology of melody

Middle English melodie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin melodia, from Greek melōidia chanting, music, from melos limb, musical phrase, song (probably akin to Breton mell joint) + aeidein to sing — more at ode

melody Synonyms

Synonyms
air, lay, song, strain, tune, warble
Related Words
descant (also discant); cadence, measure, meter, rhythm; ballad, ditty, hymn, lyric, madrigal

MELODY Defined for English Language Learners

melody

noun

Definition of melody for English Language Learners

  • : a pleasing series of musical notes that form the main part of a song or piece of music

  • : a song or tune


MELODY Defined for Kids

melody

noun mel·o·dy \ ˈme-lə-dē \

Definition of melody for Students

plural melodies
1 :pleasing arrangement of sounds
2 :a series of musical notes or tones arranged in a definite pattern of pitch and rhythm
3 :the main part in a musical composition


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