syn·​chro·​ny ˈsiŋ-krə-nē How to pronounce synchrony (audio)
plural synchronies
: synchronistic occurrence, arrangement, or treatment

Examples of synchrony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even within the same government, the left and right hands are often not working in synchrony. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 But it's estimated only 1 in 100 systems have retained that synchrony, and ours isn't one of them. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 Warning signs As with any financial crisis, there will be warning signs when the national debt comes home to roost—though for consumers and markets this realization may not happen in synchrony. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Natalia and Matteo share a life and relationship that operate in flawless synchrony. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 5 Oct. 2023 When small improvements in performance offer an essential edge, synchrony may be one secret to success. Cindi May, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 But the newest research suggests that synchrony is more than that—or can be. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Scheduling time may be particularly significant for older adults, who tend to be larks and often show larger synchrony effects than young adults. Cindi May, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 Lasers gain their power by lining up light waves in synchrony. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History


synchron(ous) + -y entry 2

Note: As a linguistic term borrowed from French synchronie, it was introduced along with synchronique synchronic by Ferdinand de saussure; see note at diachrony.

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of synchrony was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Synchrony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


syn·​chro·​ny ˈsiŋ-krə-nē, ˈsin- How to pronounce synchrony (audio)
plural synchronies
: synchronous occurrence, arrangement, or treatment
cells dividing in synchrony

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