Definition of symphony
1 : consonance of sounds
3 : consonance or harmony of color (as in a painting)
4a : symphony orchestrab : 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 of symphony from the Web
Besides, the museum sees Rockfest as being not all that much different than the crowd that occupies the north lawn on Memorial Day weekend for the symphony concert and fireworks.
A desolate place for much of the year, come spring and summer Cottonwood Canyon thrives, emerging from the mist as a colorful playground in nature - a sensory symphony in the high, wild desert.
Fortunately the remainder of this delightful symphony was free of such invasive touches.
Just as elegant as the scenery is the 17-piece orchestra conducted by Gerald Steichen, who used to conduct pops concerts for the Hartford and New Haven symphony orchestras.
In the grueling semifinal round, each competitor will perform a 60-minute recital and a Mozart concerto with the Fort Worth symphony conducted by Nicholas McGegan.
Painter, sculptor and theater designer Anne Patterson will visualize this whimsical environment on the symphony stage using light projections, satin ribbons hanging over the orchestra and giant head sculptures for the vocal soloists.
And indeed this story of an orphaned Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland does have a symphony’s elevating effect on emotion.
Antonín Dvorák's From the New World symphony – are knockouts good enough to justify the purchase of a CD-ROM setup.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
SYMPHONY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of symphony for Students
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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