or·​ches·​tra·​tion | \ˌȯr-kə-ˈstrā-shən \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from orchestration

orchestrational \ ˌȯr-​kə-​ˈstrā-​shnəl , -​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

Recent Examples on the Web

Cohen is under federal criminal investigation for his orchestration of the payment, among other things. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation over 'con job' remark on Twitter," 30 Apr. 2018 For all the richness of Mr. Brown’s new orchestrations, and the vitality of a five-person dance ensemble choreographed by Rennie Harris, this staging smartly errs on the side of less is more. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Joyously Rediscovering ‘Songs for a New World’," 28 June 2018 There was orchestration and acoustic guitar and ballads. Richard Bienstock, Billboard, "Ghost's Cardinal Copia On How the Plague and Bands Like Jefferson Starship Inspired New Album," 15 June 2018 Lorne Balfe's sharp re-orchestrations of Lalo Schifrin's original themes nicely further the cause throughout. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': Film Review," 12 July 2018 Its warmly lyrical solos for trombone (Russo’s instrument), exquisitely translucent orchestration and unmistakable self-assurance foreshadow artistic successes yet to come. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering the genius of William Russo," 18 June 2018 While many of the era’s songs had been passed down orally through families in Bolivia, the orchestrations and choral works were thought to be lost. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018 The cast is reduced (14 performers), with orchestrations for six players. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018 There has to be a very significant orchestration layer. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber CEO: our future won’t just be cars," 15 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'orchestration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of orchestration

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about orchestration

Share orchestration

Statistics for orchestration

Last Updated

10 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for orchestration

The first known use of orchestration was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on orchestration

What made you want to look up orchestration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!