Definition for melodies (2 of 2)
noun, plural mel·o·dies.
- the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
- the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
- a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
Origin of melody
Examples from the Web for melodies
In this world of ours, some melodies are just more beautiful than others.
He loved simplicity in his musical arrangements, which allowed his lyrical message and melodies to shine through.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Svein: It also has something to do with the melodies, which we felt were so strong.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’|Andrew Romano|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Melodies are often semi-sung chants, or rely heavily on repeated notes and small step and half-step intervals.
I changed melodies and took liberties with the melodies to make it a little more singable.Meet Madison Rising, the Band Behind Sarah Palin's New Theme Song|Ben Jacobs|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were as appropriate to each other as the melodies of a perfect duet, such a love-duet as Tristan and Isolde's.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
The air was old as the hills, but like all Scottish melodies, as lasting too.
As to Dalmatia, Croatia and Slovenia, their melodies are chiefly marked by simplicity and a feeling for the domestic side of life.
I feel the ideas burning in my head, and the melodies gushing from my heart.Louisa Of Prussia and Her Times|Louise Muhlbach
The melodies which were sung had a striking resemblance to those of the Wendish nations.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.|Hermann Pckler-Muskau
British Dictionary definitions for melodies
noun plural -dies
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
- the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of musicCompare harmony (def. 4b)
Word Origin for melody
Word Origin and History for melodies
late 13c., from Old French melodie "music, song, tune" (12c.), from Late Latin melodia, from Greek meloidia "a singing, a chanting, choral song, a tune for lyric poetry," from melos "song, part of song" (see melisma) + oide "song, ode" (see ode).