Definition of Melody

1. Noun. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence. "She was humming an air from Beethoven"




2. Noun. The perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes.
Exact synonyms: Tonal Pattern
Generic synonyms: Musical Perception
Derivative terms: Melodious, Melodious

Definition of Melody

1. n. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.

Definition of Melody

1. Proper noun. (English female given name). ¹

2. Noun. tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Melody

1. an agreeable succession of musical sounds [n -DIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melody

melodramatics
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melody (current term)
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meloid
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melolonthid beetle
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melomakarona
melomania
melomaniac

Literary usage of Melody

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1. Elements of Criticism by Henry Home Kames (1870)
"Cicero justly observes, that in one continued sound there is no melody : '' Numerus ... It will probably occur, that melody, if it depend on long and short ..."

2. Folio (1882)
"When we ask some one to sing a song —some particular song to which we liave taker u fancy—it is not the melody we ask for, but the words. ..."

3. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"At any rate you can tell that a song or ode has three parts— the words, the melody, and the rhythm;—that degree of knowledge I may presuppose? ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"In musical philosophy and history the word " melody " must be used in a very abstract sense, as that aspect of music which is concerned only with the pitch ..."

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