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Meaning of MELODY

Pronunciation:  'meludee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
  2. [n]  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

MELODY is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, strain, tonal pattern, tune
 See Also: fanfare, flourish, glissando, idea, leitmotif, leitmotiv, melodic theme, music, musical perception, musical phrase, musical theme, part, phrase, roulade, signature, signature tune, theme, theme song, voice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mel"o*dy\, n.; pl. {Melodies}. [OE. melodie, F.
m['e]lodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. ? a singing, choral song, fr.
? musical, melodious; ? song, tune + ? song. See {Ode}.]
1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.

         Lulled with sound of sweetest melody. --Shak.

2. (Mus.) A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging
   for the most part within a given key, and so related
   together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of
   what is technically called a musical thought, at once
   pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression.

Note: Melody consists in a succession of single tones;
      harmony is a consonance or agreement of tones, also a
      succession of consonant musical combinations or chords.

3. The air or tune of a musical piece.

Syn: See {Harmony}.

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