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
Definition for melody (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for melody
Arriving at the Melody Ballroom, the atmosphere was a frenzy of joy, jubilation and holy bedlam.
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|Andrew Romano|May 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not the melody only, but the often audacious, epigrammatic philosophy of her tongue as well, sold her calas and gingercakes.The Grandissimes|George Washington Cable
Do you regard every melody in a lively dance-rhythm as ballet music?The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
But it is in the national music of the Celtic race that we find the most familiar examples of melody symbolizing character.
For convenience sake, the last couplet of the first version is printed with the melody.
In consequence, every speech, even those from dry and desiccated lips, was coloured with the melody of hope.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for melody
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 melody
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).