sym·​phon·​ic sim-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce symphonic (audio)
: relating to or having the form or character of a symphony
symphonic music
: suggestive of a symphony especially in form, interweaving of themes, or harmonious arrangement
a symphonic drama
symphonically adverb

Examples of symphonic in a Sentence

the symphonic chorus of frogs in the spring
Recent Examples on the Web Coolidge was herself a highly accomplished pianist and a lover of chamber music, a genre that in those days was regarded as inferior to symphonic music. Jeremy Yudkin,, 11 Sep. 2023 But this image is embedded in an elaborate, symphonic collage of experiences, from their view of foliage on the road behind them and the sight of Isaiah at the wheel through the cab’s rear window to the hair styles and dresses that the girls wear. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 Lyon’s impressive Roman-style auditorium, normally used by the city’s symphonic orchestra, was sold out as U.S. writer and director Wes Anderson took to the stage as guest of honor of the Lumière Film Festival. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 Its claustrophobic confines feature both resplendent, symphonic color and form, and an atmosphere of choking menace. Globe Staff,, 13 Sep. 2023 Doctor appointments become as important as symphonic rehearsals. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2023 Known for his fusion of traditional Colombian sounds with rock, pop and symphonic music, the beloved artist will unveil another side of himself unveiling his life passions and what brings him joy outside of music. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 30 Aug. 2023 Saturday is the final night of the U.S. Army Band’s Listen Live at the Lincoln, which features the Concert Band performing patriotic and symphonic music during an hour-long show in front of the Lincoln Memorial, while the audience listens from the steps. Olivia McCormack, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 Lockhart and the Boston Pops are among the rock stars of the symphonic music world, with more than 80 television appearances and 45 national tours. cleveland, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of symphonic was in 1856

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“Symphonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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sym·​phon·​ic sim-ˈfän-ik How to pronounce symphonic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the form of a symphony or symphony orchestra
symphonically adverb

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