- a female given name.
- musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
- the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
- the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
- a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
- a poem suitable for singing.
- intonation, as of a segment of connected speech.
Origin of melody
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1. See harmony. 2. tune, song, descant, theme.
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Examples from the Web for melodies
In this world of ours, some melodies are just more beautiful than others.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
He loved simplicity in his musical arrangements, which allowed his lyrical message and melodies to shine through.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Svein: It also has something to do with the melodies, which we felt were so strong.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
Melodies are often semi-sung chants, or rely heavily on repeated notes and small step and half-step intervals.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
I changed melodies and took liberties with the melodies to make it a little more singable.Meet Madison Rising, the Band Behind Sarah Palin's New Theme Song
March 29, 2014
The music was very faint, and yet its melodies could be clearly distinguished.The Chinese Fairy Book
Further, a distinction should be made between the melodies of men and women.Laws
You are tired—I know you are—of Polish melodies and German ballads.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
Moore used to say, when complimented on his singing the melodies, 'Ah!
But I really can't sing the melodies—they are too much for me.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
- the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of musicCompare harmony (def. 4b)
- sounds that are pleasant because of tone or arrangement, esp words of poetry
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidia singing, from melos song + -ōidia, from aoidein to sing
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Word Origin and History for melodies
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