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[mon-uh-fon-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈfɒn ɪk/
Music. of or relating to monophony.
Also, monaural, mono. of or noting a system of sound recording and reproduction using only a single channel.
Origin of monophonic
First recorded in 1880-85; monophon(y) + -ic
Related forms
monophonically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monophonic
Historical Examples
  • We have seen how the monophonic style—the melody with accompaniment—came in.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • They were problems in monophonic style, and to these we must now turn our attention.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The prevailing melody of its monophonic style proved suitable to furnish a subject for the most animated discussion.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • In short, his instrumental scores lean toward the polyphonic, rather than the monophonic style.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The reader will recollect what has already been said about the change from polyphonic to monophonic writing.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • But that is as far as Peri advanced, and it is as far as he could advance in the then state of monophonic composition.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • It is written in monophonic rather than in polyphonic style, thus differing from the madrigal and glee.

  • Sections 144 to 160 relate particularly to terms used in descriptions of monophonic music.

British Dictionary definitions for monophonic


Also monaural. (of a system of broadcasting, recording, or reproducing sound) using only one channel between source and loudspeaker Sometimes shortened to mono Compare stereophonic
(music) of or relating to a style of musical composition consisting of a single melodic line See also monody (sense 3)
Derived Forms
monophony (mɒˈnɒfənɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for monophonic

of recordings, broadcasts, etc., "not stereo, having only one output signal," 1958, coined to be an opposite of stereophonic; from mono- + -phonic, from Greek phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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