tune·ful | \ˈtün-fəl, ˈtyün-\

Definition of tuneful 

: melodious, musical a tuneful ballad

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tunefully \ˈtün-fə-lē, 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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Minogue sought inspiration by visiting that Mecca of tuneful and emotional songwriting, Nashville, for the first time in her life. Bob Doerschuk, USA TODAY, "Kylie Minogue embraces Nashville's influence on 'authentic' new album," 10 Apr. 2018 Bareilles's score offers all kinds of interesting rhythmic variety while maintaining the tuneful accessibility expected of a Broadway musical. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 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 The band forges a powerful hybrid of melody and mood, creating a tuneful lattice of sound that often lingers in the air rather than pushing forward. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Drummer Brian Blade funnels his disparate interests into the Fellowship Band," 11 May 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 This year’s awards are hosted by the tuneful twosome of Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, which is only fitting in such a stellar year for musicals, My Fair Lady, Mean Girls, Carousel, Frozen, Summer, and SpongeBob SquarePants among them. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "Before They Were Nominated for 2018 Tony Awards, They Were in Vogue," 8 June 2018 There's also a tuneful cameo on the track's bridge and chorus from an anonymous woman whose face is entirely covered, with the exception of her mouth and braids peering out of the back of a ski mask. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "The Black Eyed Peas Want America to Wake Up With New Video 'Ring the Alarm Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3'," 18 May 2018 The tuneful score adds to the fun (though strangely for a children’s show, the overture is long enough to come from the golden age of Rodgers & Hammerstein). Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Buggin' Out: A Small Musical - Fringe 2018," 14 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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