symphony

noun
sym·​pho·​ny | \ ˈsim(p)-fə-nē \
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

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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

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Grain bowls can be a symphony of flavor — or dull as dishwater. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 With a symphony of terrible noises issuing from the undercarriage, the QX60 claws back down to the pavement, dented but drivable, pending the tire change. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Just Human Drivers—Machines Have Blind Spots, Too," 21 Sep. 2018 The symphony concert is $30 per car, up to four people, parking included. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Listen to the music outside at Cantigny summer concerts," 27 June 2018 The prep work to create the new symphony hall has already started. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony's $89 million concert hall will have huge impact on downtown's west side," 15 June 2018 So many students signed up that the meeting space had to be moved to Woolsey Hall, a cavernous, cathedral-like auditorium typically used for things like symphony concerts. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are 3 ways to be happier," 26 Apr. 2018 All day, every day, the Combined Space Operations Center (CSPOC) performs a data symphony that reveals what's going on in Earth orbit. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit," 13 Dec. 2018 The program was book-ended by two symphonies in D major by Mozart. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mainly Mozart Festival gives Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky first-class treatment," 17 June 2018 The symphony in December completed its acquisition of the former cinema, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Symphony conversion of downtown theater now includes a building addition and parking lot," 19 Apr. 2018

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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

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symphony

noun

English Language Learners Definition of symphony

: a long piece of music that is usually in four large, separate sections and that is performed by an orchestra

symphony

noun
sym·​pho·​ny | \ ˈsim-fə-nē \
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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