Definition of melody
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
melodicplay \mə-ˈlä-dik\ adjective
melodicallyplay \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of melody in a Sentence
He wrote a piece that includes some beautiful melodies.
a composer known for his love of melody
He sang a few old-fashioned melodies.
Recent Examples of melody from the Web
Parkpoint Drive 1030: Melody Restivo and Edmond Restivo, Jr. to Melinda McQuivey and Stephanie Nicastro, $537,000.
Or the Broadway melodies of Richard Rodgers with either clever lyrics by Lorenz Hart or the graceful words of Oscar Hammerstein II?
Saba’s DJ Dam Dam kicked off the set with a melody of newer rap that re-energized the crowd from the lackluster previous act.
Amazingly, Houston recorded the notoriously challenging melody in one single take.
Courtney Love is all about anger, excess, obsession, confession, and great melodies.
On Ti Amo, the veteran French pop rockers do everything well: infectious melodies, dance-ready beats, percolating synths, crunchy guitars, and stadium-worthy dynamics.
Cost of Living follows up Full Communism, the queer Latinx band’s explosive sophomore album, with lyrics that tackled themes like police brutality and white supremacy, layered on top of fast-churning, scrappy punk and rock saxophone melodies.
Two Cheers bring lots of energy and personality to the stage, with sinewy guitar lines, danceable rhythms and instantly contagious melodies.
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Origin and Etymology of melody
MELODY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of melody for Students
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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