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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the Muse of sacred music and dance.
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Origin of Polyhymnia

< Latin, alteration of Greek Polȳ́mnia. See poly-, hymn, -ia
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Historical Examples

  • The muse, Polyhymnia, soon emerged from the stage of childish stammering.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris

  • It keeps perpetually rising and sinking, so as to appear not less the favorite of Terpsichore than Polyhymnia.

  • The wisest and most dignified of all the Muses is Polyhymnia, who presides over sacred music.

  • To Polyhymnia belonged that harmony of voice and gesture which gives a perfection to oratory and poetry.

  • Polyhymnia, the Muse of sacred poetry, also presided over rhetoric.

British Dictionary definitions for polyhymnia


  1. Greek myth the Muse of singing, mime, and sacred dance
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Word Origin

Latin, from Greek Polumnia full of songs; see poly-, hymn
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