symphony

noun
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

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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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Throughout the symphony, the music making veered with complete naturalness between Mitteleuropean buoyancy and darker tones suggesting Weltschmerz. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Czech Philharmonic’s Global Ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 Argento’s Suspiria used its aesthetic to celebrate a witchery that was inherently otherworldly and stylized, producing a rapturous symphony of violence for its own beautiful sake. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 Ben woke up to a championship basketball game, Angie to a symphony, and their dad to a rooster crowing. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 On a recent visit, a spring vegetable omelette was a symphony of cheese and market veggies (radishes, green peas, beans, and pickled ramps), and the accompanying bread was perfection. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 The single-minded thematic drive of the fifth symphony and the genial expansiveness of the sixth were the foundation for the seventh's great leap forward. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra reveals enduring power of Beethoven in second 'Prometheus' program (review)," 14 May 2018 Qbert, when given room, is ferocious, an aggressor who understands his place as part of the symphony. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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