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.
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Origin of harmony
synonym study for harmony
historical usage of harmony
Harmonía ultimately derives from the very complicated Proto-Indo-European root ar-, (a)re-, rē-, ṛ- (with still more variants) “to fit, fit together, join.” Reflexes (derivatives) of this root appear in English arm (of the body), Latin arma “equipment, gear, weapons” and armus “(upper) arm.” Farther afield, Hittite has āra- “proper, fitting” and arā- “friend.”
The root variant ṛ- with a suffixed -t forms the noun stems ṛt- and art- “joined together, fitted,” source of Latin ars (stem art- ) “skill, dexterity, art,” artus (noun) and articulus “joint (of the body),” and artus (adjective) “tight, firm.” In the Indo-Iranian languages, ṛt- and art- form the nouns ṛtá- “order, truth, rule” in Vedic Sanskrit and arta (also aša ) “truth, right, justice, right order” in Zoroastrianism, in which arta- is the central principle and the foe of druj “deceit, falsehood, lie.”
Arta- is also the first element of the magnificent Old Iranian names Artavasdes, a Hellenized version of Artavazda (“exalting arta- ”), and Artvardiya “doer of arta- ”; Artaxerxes (Old Persian Artaxšacā ) “having a just kingdom” is from arta- and xšacā “rule, kingdom.” Xérxēs is the Hellenized form of Old Persian Xšyaršā ( Xšayaṛšā, Xšayaršā ) “ruling over heroes.” Xerxes I ruled the Persian Empire 486–465 b.c. He has a thoroughly bad rep: the new Athenian navy won a miraculous victory over his fleet in 480 b.c., and the Spartans and their allies crushed the Persian land forces in 479 b.c. After the debacle against the Greeks, Xerxes devoted himself to wine and women. He is Ahasuerus in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Esther.
OTHER WORDS FROM harmonynon·har·mo·ny, noun, plural non·har·mo·nies.pre·har·mo·ny, noun
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Example sentences 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
Cultural 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.