Definition of rhapsody
1 : a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
2 archaic : a miscellaneous collection
4 : a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character
Examples of rhapsody in a sentence
The mayor launched into a long rhapsody about his plans for the city.
listening to Mozart always left him in a rhapsody that lingered for the remainder of the evening
Origin and Etymology of rhapsody
Latin rhapsodia, from Greek rhapsōidia recitation of selections from epic poetry, rhapsody, from rhapsōidos rhapsodist, from rhaptein to sew, stitch together + aidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: 1542
RHAPSODY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rhapsody for English Language Learners
: a piece of music that is meant to express a lot of emotion and does not have a regular form
: a written or spoken expression of great enthusiasm, praise, etc.
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