Definitions for melodyˈmɛl ə di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mel•o•dyˈmɛl ə di(n.)(pl.)-dies.

  1. musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a rhythmical succession of musical tones organized as a distinct phrase or sequence of phrases.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of melody:

1250–1300; ME melodie < ML melōdia < Gk melōidía (choral) singing =mel- (see melic ) +-ōid- (see ode ) +-ia -y3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  2. melody, tonal pattern(noun)

    the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. melody(noun)ˈmɛl ə di

    a pleasant-sounding tune

    I wrote a melody to go with the words.

  2. melodyˈmɛl ə di

    the main part of a piece of music

    I'll sing the melody.


  1. melody(Noun)

    tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase

    This song has a nice melody.

  2. Melody(ProperNoun)


  3. Origin: From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melody(noun)

    a sweet or agreeable succession of sounds

  2. Melody(noun)

    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

  3. Melody(noun)

    the air or tune of a musical piece


  1. Melody

    A melody, also tune, voice, or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitch and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term can include successions of other musical elements such as tonal color. It may be considered the foreground to the background accompaniment. A line or part need not be a foreground melody. Melodies often consist of one or more musical phrases or motifs, and are usually repeated throughout a song or piece in various forms. Melodies may also be described by their melodic motion or the pitches or the intervals between pitches, pitch range, tension and release, continuity and coherence, cadence, and shape.

Translations for melody

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a tune

He played Irish melodies on the harp.

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