Melody meaning

mĕlə-dē
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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.

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A female given name.
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Musical quality.

The melody of verse.

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A pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds.
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Tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase.
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A poem suitable for setting to music or singing.
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Origin of melody

  • Middle English melodie from Old French from Late Latin melōdia from Greek melōidiā singing, choral song melos tune aoidē song wed-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English melodie, from Old French melodie, from Latin melodia, from Ancient Greek μελῳδία (melōidiā, “singing, chanting"), from μέλος (mélos, “musical phrase") + ἀοιδή (aoidḗ, “song"), contracted form ᾠδή (ōidḗ).

    From Wiktionary

  • From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.

    From Wiktionary