harmony

[ hahr-muh-nee ]
/ ˈhɑr mə ni /

noun, plural har·mo·nies.

agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
Music.
  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

SYNONYMS FOR harmony

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.

Related forms

non·har·mo·ny, noun, plural non·har·mo·nies.pre·har·mo·ny, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for harmony

harmony

/ (ˈhɑːmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc; accord
order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another
agreeable sounds
music
  1. any combination of notes sounded simultaneously
  2. the vertically represented structure of a piece of musicCompare melody (def. 1b), rhythm (def. 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 for harmony

C14: from Latin harmonia concord of sounds, from Greek: harmony, from harmos a joint
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Culture definitions for harmony

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.

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