sym·​pho·​ny | \ ˈsim(p)-fə-nē How to pronounce symphony (audio) \
plural symphonies

Definition of symphony

1 : consonance of sounds
c(1) : a usually long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
(2) : a musical composition (as for organ) resembling such a symphony in complexity or variety
3 : consonance or harmony of color (as in a painting)
b : a symphony orchestra concert
5 : something that in its harmonious complexity or variety suggests a symphonic composition a symphony of flavors

Examples of symphony in a Sentence

the satisfying symphony of color in Renoir's canvases a performance of a Bach concerto by the San Antonio Symphony
Recent Examples on the Web During the next decade, Preston performed in the world’s most prestigious opera houses and with symphony orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Central and South America. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Few living American composers are programmed as frequently by symphony orchestras than Jennifer Higdon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Hearing the symphony of four pistons and two cams singing their hearts out is enough to convince you to get a convertible rather than a coupe. Ronan Glon, Car and Driver, 10 May 2022 Spectators can expect to hear a symphony playing patriotic tunes and new popular music, including hits from Star Wars. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 Indeed, the first movement of this symphony — whose premiere was conducted by Mendelssohn — is a treatise in binary opposites of mood and music. Lukas Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2022 From there, a symphony of dishes follow, each more creative and thoughtful than the last. Christina Liao, Forbes, 23 May 2022 But Rouse’s symphony, also No. 6, took on a special significance when the composer died just four weeks before the CSO premiered it on Oct. 18, 2019. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 22 Feb. 2022 All of which brought members of the neighborhood and the church together — about a dozen workers in all — on a witheringly hot Saturday to the unmistakable symphony of power tools, hammers and scrapers that go along with home renovations. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of symphony

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for symphony

Middle English symphonie, from Middle French, from Latin symphonia, from Greek symphōnia, from symphōnos concordant in sound, from syn- + phōnē voice, sound — more at ban entry 1

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“Symphony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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sym·​pho·​ny | \ ˈsim-fə-nē How to pronounce symphony (audio) \
plural symphonies

Kids Definition of symphony

1 : a usually long musical composition for a full orchestra
2 : a large orchestra of wind, string, and percussion instruments
3 : harmonious arrangement (as of sound or color)

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