(plural philharmonic orchestras)
- (music) A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including some from strings, woodwind, brass and/or percussion; the instruments played by such a group. The prefix "philharmonic" does not indicate any difference from a normal orchestra, but can be useful to distinguish different ensembles based in the same city (for instance, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra).
Variant of Philharmonic
designating or of a society or other group formed to sponsor a symphony orchestra
Origin of PhilharmonicFrench philharmonique, influenced, influence by Italian filharmonico ; from Classical Greek philos, loving + harmonia, harmony
a symphony orchestra sponsored as by such a society or group
in full Philharmonic Orchestra