Definitions for unisonˈyu nə sən, -zən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•ni•sonˈyu nə sən, -zən(n.)

  1. coincidence in pitch of two or more musical tones, voices, etc.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. the performance of musical parts at the same pitch or at the octave.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. a sounding together in octaves, esp. of male and female voices or of higher and lower instruments of the same class.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. a state or process in which all members or elements behave in the same way at the same time.

Idioms for unison:

  1. in unison, in perfect accord; in synchrony or agreement: at the same time; all at once:

    to march in unison; My feelings are in unison with yours.

    students shouting answers in unison.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of unison:

1565–75; < ML ūnisonus of a single sound = L ūni-uni - +sonus sound


Princeton's WordNet

  1. unison(noun)

    corresponding exactly

    "marching in unison"

  2. unison(noun)

    occurring together or simultaneously

    "the two spoke in unison"

  3. unison(noun)

    (music) two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves

    "singing in unison"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. unison(noun)ˈyu nə sən, -zən

    all together

    to sing in unison


  1. UNISON(ProperNoun)

    A public sector trade union in the UK

  2. unison(Noun)

    The state of being together, in harmony, at the same time, as one, synchronized.

    Everyone moved in unison, but the sudden change in weight distribution capsized the boat.

  3. unison(Noun)

    The simultaneous playing of an identical note more than once.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unison(noun)

    harmony; agreement; concord; union

  2. Unison(noun)

    identity in pitch; coincidence of sounds proceeding from an equality in the number of vibrations made in a given time by two or more sonorous bodies. Parts played or sung in octaves are also said to be in unison, or in octaves

  3. Unison(noun)

    a single, unvaried

  4. Unison(noun)

    sounding alone

  5. Unison(noun)

    sounded alike in pitch; unisonant; unisonous; as, unison passages, in which two or more parts unite in coincident sound



    UNISON is the second largest trade union in the United Kingdom‪‬ with over 1.3 million members. The union was formed in 1993 when three public sector trade unions, the National and Local Government Officers Association, the National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service Employees merged. UNISON's current general secretary is Dave Prentis. He was elected on 28 February 2000 and took up the post on 1 January 2001, succeeding Rodney Bickerstaffe who had held the post for five years.

Anagrams of unison

  1. unions, Unions

  2. nonius

Translations for unison

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an identical musical note, or series of notes, produced by several voices singing, or instruments playing, together

They sang in unison.

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