- fond of or devoted to music; music-loving: used especially in the name of certain musical societies that sponsor symphony orchestras (Philharmonic Societies) and hence applied to their concerts (philharmonic concerts).
- of, noting, or presented by a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.
- a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.
Origin of philharmonic
Examples from the Web for philharmonic
Credit Suisse has been the exclusive Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic since 2007.The New York Philharmonic Kicks Off its 170th Season
Daily Beast Promotions
September 19, 2011
Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta has high hopes for the 2010–11 season as well.The New York Philharmonic and Credit Suisse Kick Off the 2010-11 Season with a Free Dress Rehearsal
Daily Beast Promotions
September 22, 2010
On Monday morning, the Philharmonic announced that financier Henry R. Kravis will donate that impressive sum to the symphony.The 21st-Century Maestro
September 15, 2009
Do not buy the big, pre-assembled block of knives with more pieces than the London Philharmonic.The Perfect Use for Deadly Weapons
July 21, 2009
I don't mean this kind of a public, but before a Philharmonic audience!Melomaniacs
One of the greatest gamblers at the Philharmonic is Don Vicente.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
In which case I would keep back my compositions from the Philharmonic.Wagner as I Knew Him
Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
They are still performed, 51 now and then, at the Philharmonic Concerts.The Violin
The Philharmonic committee had no reason to regret their arrangements.The Life of Johannes Brahms (Vol 1 of 2)
- fond of music
- (capital when part of a name) denoting an orchestra, choir, society, etc, devoted to the performance, appreciation, and study of music
- (capital when part of a name) a specific philharmonic choir, orchestra, or society
Word Origin and History for philharmonic
1813 (in the name of a society founded in London for the promotion of instrumental music), from French philharmonique (1739), from Italian filarmonico, literally "loving harmony," from Greek philos "loving" see philo-) + ta harmonika "theory of harmony, music," from neuter plural of harmonikos (see harmonic). The Society name was taken up in the names of many symphony orchestras.