symphony

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noun sym·pho·ny \-nē\

Definition of symphony

plural

symphonies

  1. 1 :  consonance of sounds

  2. 2a :  ritornello 1b :  sinfonia 1c (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. 3 :  consonance or harmony of color (as in a painting)

  4. 4a :  symphony orchestrab :  a symphony orchestra concert

  5. 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

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


First Known Use: 15th century


SYMPHONY Defined for English Language Learners

symphony

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noun sym·pho·ny \-nē\

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

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noun sym·pho·ny \ˈsim-fə-nē\

Definition of symphony for Students

plural

symphonies

  1. 1 :  a usually long musical composition for a full orchestra

  2. 2 :  a large orchestra of wind, string, and percussion instruments

  3. 3 :  harmonious arrangement (as of sound or color)



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