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polyphony

[ puh-lif-uh-nee ]
/ pəˈlɪf ə ni /
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Definition of polyphony

noun
Music. polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
Phonetics. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.
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Origin of polyphony

First recorded in 1820–30, polyphony is from the Greek word polyphōnía variety of tones. See poly-, -phony

OTHER WORDS FROM polyphony

po·lyph·o·nous, adjectivepo·lyph·o·nous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for polyphony

polyphony
/ (pəˈlɪfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies
polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
the use of polyphones in a writing system

Derived forms of polyphony

polyphonous, adjectivepolyphonously, adverb

Word Origin for polyphony

C19: from Greek poluphōnia diversity of tones, from poly- + phōnē speech, sound
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