[ fil-hahr-mon-ik, fil-er- ]
/ ˌfɪl hɑrˈmɒn ɪk, ˌfɪl ər- /


fond of or devoted to music; music-loving: used especially in the name of certain musical societies that sponsor symphony orchestras (Philharmonic Societies) and hence applied to their concerts (philharmonic concerts).
of, noting, or presented by a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.


a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.

Origin of philharmonic

1755–65; phil- + harmonic; modeled on French philharmonique or Italian filarmonico Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for philharmonic

/ (ˌfɪlhɑːˈmɒnɪk, ˌfɪlə-) /


fond of music
(capital when part of a name) denoting an orchestra, choir, society, etc, devoted to the performance, appreciation, and study of music


(capital when part of a name) a specific philharmonic choir, orchestra, or society

Word Origin for philharmonic

C18: from French philharmonique, from Italian filarmonico music-loving; see philo-, harmony
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