Symphony definition

sĭmfə-nē
Harmony of sounds, esp. of instruments.
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The definition of a symphony is a lengthy piece of music, or harmony of sounds or colors.

An example of a symphony is Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

An example of a symphony is a quilt made out of beautifully matching colors.

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An extended piece in three or more movements for symphony orchestra.
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An instrumental passage in a vocal or choral composition.
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Harmony, especially of sound or color.
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A symphony orchestra.
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An instrumental overture or interlude, as in early opera.
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An orchestral concert.
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An extended composition for full orchestra, usually having several movements.
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(historical) An instrumental passage in a composition that is largely vocal or choral.
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(informal) A concert by a symphony orchestra.
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An extended piece of music of sophisticated structure, usually for orchestra.
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(US, informal) A symphony orchestra.
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Something characterized by a harmonious combination of elements.
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Anything, as a picture, characterized by harmonious composition.
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Harmony of any kind, esp. of color.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
symphony
Plural:
symphonies

Origin of symphony

  • Middle English symphonye harmony from Old French symphonie from Latin symphōnia from Greek sumphōniā from sumphōnos harmonious sun- syn- phōnē sound bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Ancient Greek συμφωνία (sumphōnia).

    From Wiktionary