- The definition of a melody is a sequence of pleasing sounds that make up a particular musical phrase.
An example of melody is the most memorable arrangement of sounds in a musical composition.
melody definition by Webster's New World
- pleasing sounds or arrangement of sounds in sequence
- musical quality, as in the arrangement of words
- a sequence of single tones, usually in the same key or mode, to produce a rhythmic whole; often, a tune, air, or song
- the element of form having to do with the arrangement of single tones in sequence
- the leading part, or voice, in a harmonic composition; the air
Origin: Middle English melodie ; from Old French ; from Late Latin melodia ; from Classical Greek melōidia ; from melos, song (see melic) plush aeidein, to sing: see ode
melody definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mel·o·dies
- A pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds.
- Musical quality: the melody of verse.
- Music a. A rhythmically organized sequence of single tones so related to one another as to make up a particular phrase or idea.b. Structure with respect to the arrangement of single notes in succession.c. The leading part or the air in a composition with accompaniment.
- A poem suitable for setting to music or singing.
Origin: Middle English melodie, from Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidiā, singing, choral song : melos, tune + aoidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.