- musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
- 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.
- a poem suitable for singing.
- intonation, as of a segment of connected speech.
Origin of melody
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1. See harmony. 2. tune, song, descant, theme.
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for melody
Arriving at the Melody Ballroom, the atmosphere was a frenzy of joy, jubilation and holy bedlam.The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet
May 25, 2014
He probably heard the song during a Brazilian tour, and the melody simply stayed in his head.
When Paul McCartney came up with the melody to “Yesterday,” he initially feared that it was an old song that he was recalling.
They frequently claimed credit for songs, even when they had borrowed chords, melody and lyrics.
The first is Cuomo's supernaturally precise sense of melody.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
Their outburst of melody is like a brook let loose from wintry chains.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Life, that would fain be a melody, seems here almost a malady.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Gracie asked, running off the final notes in a tinkle of melody.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
If these matters must be divided, give me the melody, and whoever else will, may take the noise.
But four parts are altogether necessary to the perfection of melody.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
- the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of musicCompare harmony (def. 4b)
- sounds that are pleasant because of tone or arrangement, esp words of poetry
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidia singing, from melos song + -ōidia, from aoidein to sing
Word Origin and History for melody
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper