noun, plural har·mo·nies.
- any simultaneous combination of tones.
- the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
- the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
Origin of harmony
Examples from the Web for harmony
As a young baby, her mother would sing her lullabies and “get totally freaked out” when she started singing them back in harmony.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wanted peace and harmony, and in this respect he was just another Roman ruler interested in imperial unity.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke|Candida Moss|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes you read a story and everything about it is in harmony—narrative, character, setting, emotion, and insight.
At times, the interaction between Americans and Russians below has been matched by the harmony above.There’s No Cold War in Space for Astronauts and Cosmonauts|Michael Daly|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Usually with harmony, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.The Band’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Is the Greatest Live Album Ever|Andrew Romano|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Slavery, however mitigated and softened, can never be in harmony with the dignity of man.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
Was there no fear of betrayal through the servants at Harmony?The Petticoat Commando|Johanna Brandt
This Act once more united in opposition the nobles and the preachers; since 1596 they had not been in harmony.A Short History of Scotland|Andrew Lang
The very spirit of harmony is embodied in the proportions of the Parthenon.Philothea|Lydia Maria Child
He was always in close touch with the Prophet and was always in harmony with his divine calling.Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
British Dictionary definitions for harmony
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for harmony
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.
Culture definitions for harmony
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.