An example of melody is the most memorable arrangement of sounds in a musical composition.
- 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 of melodyMiddle English melodie from Old French from Late Latin melodia from Classical Greek mel?idia from melos, song (see melic) + aeidein, to sing: see ode
- 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 of melodyMiddle 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.
- tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase
Middle English melodie, from Old French melodie, from Latin melodia, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÎ»á¿³Î´Î¯Î± (melÅidiÄ, “singing, chanting"), from Î¼ÎÎ»Î¿Ï‚ (mÃ©los, “musical phrase") + á¼€Î¿Î¹Î´Î® (aoidá¸—, “song"), contracted form á¾ Î´Î® (Åidá¸—).
- A female given name.
- variant: Melodie
From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.