of or relating to melody, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.

Origin of melodic

1815–25; < Late Latin melōdicus < Greek melōidikós. See melody, -ic
Related formsme·lod·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·lod·ic, adjectivenon·me·lod·i·cal·ly, adverbun·me·lod·ic, adjectiveun·me·lod·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for melodic

melodious, dulcet, ariose, arioso, canorous

Examples from the Web for melodic

Contemporary Examples of melodic

Historical Examples of melodic

  • In it are the harmonic, melodic, and spiritual germs of modern music.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • Some musicians have the faculty of invention, rhythmic, melodic.


    Ezra Pound

  • With the composer's next opera we meet Verdi the melodic universalist.

    Verdi: Man and Musician

    Frederick James Crowest

  • The polyphony of the vocal parts is masterly and the melodic flow most charming.

    Giacomo Puccini

    Wakeling Dry

  • Melodic form is more obvious than harmonic, hence they developed it.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson

British Dictionary definitions for melodic



of or relating to melody
of or relating to a part in a piece of music
tuneful or melodious
Derived Formsmelodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for melodic

1818, from French mélodique, from Late Latin melodicus, from Greek melodikos, from melodia (see melody).

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