har·​mo·​ny | \ ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce harmony (audio) \
plural harmonies

Essential Meaning of harmony

1 : the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound She taught him how to sing harmony. [=how to sing notes that combined with other notes in a pleasing way] a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms
2 : a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things a harmony of flavors/colors

Full Definition of harmony

1a : the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord She taught him how to sing harmony.
b : the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms
c : the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
2a : pleasing arrangement of parts : congruence a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line
b : agreement, accord when a woman's desires are in harmony with those of her husband
c : internal calm : tranquility a period of relative harmony
3a : an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative
b : a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony
4 archaic : tuneful sound : melody

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Examples of harmony in a Sentence

a song with complicated harmonies and rhythms her face had an angelic harmony that fascinated the leading painters of her day
Recent Examples on the Web In 1998 Emmanuel took over as Managing Director of d'Issan and now, with 53 hectares in cultivation, has worked to bring the estate into a finer harmony with nature. John Mariani, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday evening that the new rules are designed to bring the land borders into harmony with a new vaccine requirement for international travelers arriving by air, also set to take effect in November. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 Two customized light fixtures from Urban Electric soften the space, bringing all of the pieces together in perfect harmony. Monica Mercuri, House Beautiful, 10 Sep. 2021 My mental replays of the video continue, year after year, as if in perfect harmony with the Afghan war itself. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In the forest, humans can recreate in harmony with the natural environment while choosing from more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Aug. 2021 Four years later, the two seem to be in perfect harmony. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2021 In harmony with the restaurant's name, the pico de gallo is chopped fresh right in front of you, too. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2021 When things are feeling off, the supermodel and Vogue guest editor looks to a host of holistic healing methods to bring herself back into harmony. Precious Lee, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of harmony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for harmony

Middle English armony, from Anglo-French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at arm

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“Harmony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmony. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for harmony


har·​mo·​ny | \ ˈhär-mə-nē How to pronounce harmony (audio) \
plural harmonies

Kids Definition of harmony

1 : the playing of musical tones together in chords
2 : a pleasing arrangement of parts a harmony of colors
3 : agreement sense 1, accord The committee worked in harmony.

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