Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[hahr-muh-nee] /ˈhɑr mə ni/
noun, plural harmonies.
agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
  1. any simultaneous combination of tones.
  2. the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
  3. the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
an arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, and differences.
Origin of harmony
1350-1400; Middle English armonye < Middle French < Latin harmonia < Greek harmonía joint, framework, agreement, harmony, akin to hárma chariot, harmós joint, ararískein to join together
Related forms
nonharmony, noun, plural nonharmonies.
preharmony, noun
1. concord, unity, peace, amity, friendship. 2. consonance, conformity, correspondence, consistency. See symmetry. 3. Harmony, melody in music suggest a combination of sounds from voices or musical instruments. Harmony is the blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch or quality, making chords: harmony in part singing; harmony between violins and horns. Melody is the rhythmical combination of successive sounds of various pitch, making up the tune or air: a tuneful melody to accompany cheerful words. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for harmony
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • While, therefore, there are many harmonies, there is but one harmony.

  • In it peace and harmony are given a higher place than sex interests.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Let us be thankful that nature is as it is, and let us do our best to put our lives in harmony with it.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • But in Lincoln the various elements were wrought as years passed by into harmony.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • The ideas are clear-cut and concise; the melody and harmony distinctive and strikingly characteristic.

British Dictionary definitions for harmony


noun (pl) -nies
agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc; accord
order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another
agreeable sounds
  1. any combination of notes sounded simultaneously
  2. the vertically represented structure of a piece of music Compare melody (sense 1b), rhythm (sense 1)
  3. the art or science concerned with the structure and combinations of chords
a collation of the material of parallel narratives, esp of the four Gospels
Word Origin
C14: from Latin harmonia concord of sounds, from Greek: harmony, from harmos a joint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for harmony

late 14c., from Old French armonie "harmony," also the name of a musical instrument (12c.), from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmonia "agreement, concord of sounds," also as a proper name, the personification of music, literally "means of joining," used of ship-planks, etc., also "settled government, order," related to harmos "fastenings of a door; shoulder," from PIE *ar-ti-, from *ar- "to fit together" (see arm (n.1)). Musical sense is oldest in English; that of "agreement of feeling, concord" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
harmony in Culture

harmony definition

The sounding of two or more musical notes at the same time in a way that is pleasant or desired. Harmony, melody, and rhythm are elements of music.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for harmony

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for harmony

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for harmony