rhap·​so·​dy | \ ˈrap-sə-dē How to pronounce rhapsody (audio) \
plural rhapsodies

Definition of rhapsody

1 : a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation
2 archaic : a miscellaneous collection
3a(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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Thump: Now that’s a New York rhapsody if there ever was one. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 He’s perhaps most famous (and lauded) for films like the Patricia Highsmith adaptation Carol or Far From Heaven, his rhapsody on the themes of Douglas Sirk. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021 There was rhapsody in these musical seductions — and the calculation that the way to theater lovers’ hearts was through their cast albums. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Following a bellowing sax solo during the sixth movement, the symphony’s brass and strings cascade in lilting rhapsody. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2021 Houellebecq harbors Balzacian ambitions as well as Lovecraftian rhapsodies. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, 21 Jan. 2020 Khatia Buniatishvili, a French-Georgian pianist, recalled hearing Ms Argerich’s performance of a Brahms rhapsody in a piece for the New York Times in 2017. E.h., The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 Which brings Jepsen to an impassioned rhapsody on a favorite hairstyle: the mullet. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 18 July 2019 This generally tranquil, pastoral rhapsody was sincerely played by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, with notable contributions from oboist Carol Rothrock and flutist Joey Payton. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of rhapsody

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Rhapsody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhapsody. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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