[ puh-lif-uh-nee ]
/ pəˈlɪf ə ni /
Music. polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
Phonetics. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.
Origin of polyphony
Related formspo·lyph·o·nous, adjectivepo·lyph·o·nous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for polyphonous
This multiplicity of sounds, this polyphonous character attached to their signs, became a cause of embarrassment even to them.
British Dictionary definitions for polyphonous
/ (pəˈlɪfənɪ) /
noun plural -nies
polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
the use of polyphones in a writing system
Derived Formspolyphonous, adjectivepolyphonously, adverb
Word Origin for polyphony
C19: from Greek poluphōnia diversity of tones, from poly- + phōnē speech, sound
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