noun, plural syn·chro·nies.

simultaneous occurrence; synchronism.
Linguistics. a synchronic approach to language study.

Origin of synchrony

First recorded in 1840–50; synchron(ous) + -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for synchrony

Historical Examples of synchrony

  • These not only mark the great eras of European time but also make possible the synchrony of America with Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • Now the success of such a plan obviously depended upon two factors: synchrony and surprise.


    Hilaire Belloc

  • In synchrony with the noise made by this deer's rising five other deer in various parts of the brush patch leaped up and made off.

  • In the earliest experiments he depended upon his ear to detect whether the motor and tuning-fork were in synchrony.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications

    Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot

  • McNiven wondered at the synchrony, but naturally mentioned neither client to the other.

British Dictionary definitions for synchrony



the state of being synchronous; simultaneity
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Word Origin and History for synchrony

1848, from Greek synkhronos (see synchronous) + -y (2).

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