rhapsody

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noun rhap·so·dy \ˈrap-sə-dē\

Definition of rhapsody

plural

rhapsodies

  1. 1 :  a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation

  2. 2 archaic :  a miscellaneous collection

  3. 3a (1) :  a highly emotional utterance (2) :  a highly emotional literary work (3) :  effusively rapturous or extravagant discourseb :  rapture, ecstasy

  4. 4 :  a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character

Examples of rhapsody in a Sentence

  1. The mayor launched into a long rhapsody about his plans for the city.

  2. 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

rhapsody

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noun rhap·so·dy \ˈrap-sə-dē\

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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