phil·​har·​mon·​ic ˌfi-lər-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce philharmonic (audio)

Example Sentences

served as a conductor for the philharmonic
Recent Examples on the Web The director of the city’s philharmonic was killed and the local theater director briefly detained. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2022 But what about that friend who is always talking about his latest night out at the philharmonic? Sebastian Modak, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The philharmonic’s tour previously was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2022 The philharmonic will be led by music director Lahav Shani. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2022 The philharmonic will hold a pair of receptions this week where potential patrons can chat with musicians and buy tickets. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Aug. 2022 The philharmonic also will perform 36 young people's concerts at nine high schools across the city. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Aug. 2022 Gergiev faces continued pushback, with the mayor of Munich calling on him to distance himself from the invasion or lose his position with the city's philharmonic while the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra made a similar statement. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2022 Despite restrictions, the philharmonic has been able to bring music to countless New Yorkers this year. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 19 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


French philharmonique, literally, loving harmony, from Italian filarmonico, from fil- phil- + armonia harmony, from Latin harmonia

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of philharmonic was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Philharmonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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phil·​har·​mon·​ic ˌfil-ər-ˈmän-ik How to pronounce philharmonic (audio)
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