rhapsody

noun rhap·so·dy \ ˈrap-sə-dē \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of rhapsody

plural rhapsodies
1 : a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
2 archaic : a miscellaneous collection
3 a (1) : a highly emotional utterance
(2) : a highly emotional literary work
(3) : effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse
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

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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


RHAPSODY Defined for English Language Learners

rhapsody

noun

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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