orchestration

noun
or·​ches·​tra·​tion | \ ˌȯr-kə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce orchestration (audio) \

Definition of orchestration

1 : the arrangement of a musical composition for performance by an orchestra also : orchestral treatment of a musical composition
2 : harmonious organization develop a world community through orchestration of cultural diversities— L. K. Frank

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Other Words from orchestration

orchestrational \ ˌȯr-​kə-​ˈstrā-​shnəl How to pronounce orchestrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of orchestration in a Sentence

the trade respresentatives are working towards an orchestration of the two countries' often competing economic interests
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First Known Use of orchestration

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orchestration was in 1849

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6 Jan 2020

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“Orchestration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestration. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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