symphony

noun sym·pho·ny \ -nē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of symphony

plural symphonies
1 : consonance of sounds
2 a : ritornello 1
b : sinfonia 1
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

  1. the satisfying symphony of color in Renoir's canvases

  2. a performance of a Bach concerto by the San Antonio Symphony

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Origin and Etymology of 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


SYMPHONY Defined for English Language Learners

symphony

noun

Definition of symphony for English Language Learners

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


SYMPHONY Defined for Kids

symphony

noun sym·pho·ny \ ˈsim-fə-nē \

Definition of symphony for Students

plural symphonies
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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