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melody

[ mel-uh-dee ]
/ ˈmɛl ə di /
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noun, plural mel·o·dies.
musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
Music.
  1. the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
  2. the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
  3. 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.
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Origin of melody

1250–1300; Middle English melodie from Medieval Latin melōdia from Greek melōidía “(choral) singing,” equivalent to mel- (see melic) + -ōid- (see ode) + -ia -y3

synonym study for melody

1. See harmony.

OTHER WORDS FROM melody

mel·o·dy·less, adjectiveun·der·mel·o·dy, noun, plural un·der·mel·o·dies.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH melody

malady, melody

Other definitions for melody (2 of 2)

Melody
[ mel-uh-dee ]
/ ˈmɛl ə di /

noun
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for melody

melody
/ (ˈmɛlədɪ) /

noun plural -dies
music
  1. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
  2. 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

Word Origin for melody

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidia singing, from melos song + -ōidia, from aoidein to sing
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