tune·​ful | \ ˈtün-fəl How to pronounce tuneful (audio) , ˈtyün-\

Definition of tuneful

: melodious, musical a tuneful ballad

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Other Words from tuneful

tunefully \ ˈtün-​fə-​lē How to pronounce tunefully (audio) , ˈtyün-​ \ adverb
tunefulness noun

Examples of tuneful in a Sentence

some especially tuneful songs have been written for this new animated film

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Lessons on feminism, tolerance, social justice, the clash between tradition and progress, the plight of refugees, resistance to tyranny, even gay rights, can all be read into its rousing, bittersweet, tuneful tale. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "In Focus: Why ‘Fiddler’ plays on — and deserves to," 21 Aug. 2019 The robust 1969 musical, with Barbra Streisand playing the indomitable (and quite tuneful) 1890s New York City matchmaker Dolly Levi, comes back to theaters in honor of its 50th anniversary. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Hot August Music Festival, Vegan Restaurant Week and more," 11 Aug. 2019 The creative team here has if anything turned the stage version into an even more tuneful jukebox extravaganza. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like.," 25 July 2019 The Bay Area is also losing a tuneful historical reminder of the important role that the East Bay played in the blues genre over the decades. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Hayward Russell City Blues Festival is ending after this weekend, organizers say," 13 July 2019 The music of the ‘60s was more than just the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys, and many of the artists on this bill were making inventive and tuneful songs that helped define that era as a pinnacle of pop. John Adamian, courant.com, "The Turtles and ’60s popsters happy together at Garde Arts," 21 June 2019 The surface of the new songs is glossy and tuneful, with bubbling synthesizers and knowingly retro echoes of the 1970s and ’80s. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 When Gossip Wolf first heard Chicago singer-songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales a few years back, the nephew of blues great B.B. King was making thumping, tuneful folk-rock as Briar Rabbit. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "One-man soul factory Phillip-Michael Scales celebrates the new Sinner-Songwriter," 19 June 2018 No matter the volume, Carlile’s deliveries sounded tuneful and nuanced, her tones mellifluous and warm. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Brandi Carlile was daring, personal and triumphant," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of tuneful

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tuneful was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of tuneful

: having a pleasant musical sound

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