What does Melody mean?

Definitions for Melody
ˈmɛl ə dimelody

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Melody.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  2. melody, tonal patternnoun

    the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes


  1. melodynoun

    tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase

    This song has a nice melody.

  2. Melodynoun

    A female given name from English.

    Melody, for this, impossibly, was her mother's name, twinkled in a searching manner over the glasses.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MELODYnoun

    Musick; harmony of sound.

    Etymology: μελωδία.

    The prophet David having singular knowledge not in poetry alone but in musick also, judged them both to be things most necessary for the house of God, left behind him for that purpose a number of divinely indited poems, and was farther the author of adding unto poetry melody in publick prayer, melody both vocal and instrumental, for the raising up of mens hearts, and the sweetening of their affections towards God. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. Eph. v. 19.

    Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
    And husht with buzzing night flies to thy slumber;
    Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
    And lull’d with sounds of sweetest melody. William Shakespeare.

    Lend me your songs, ye nightingales: Oh pour
    The mazy-running soul of melody
    Into my varied verse. James Thomson, Spring, l. 570.


  1. Melody

    Melody: Sounds Real" is the second single from Ayaka. The B-side track, "Blue Days", was used as an insert song for the Japanese dorama suppli/supply. The single was limited to a special 50,000 copy printing and has sold 24,466 copies.


  1. melody

    Melody is a sequence of musical notes or tones that form a recognizable and coherent musical line or phrase. It is the most prominent and memorable part of a musical composition or song, serving as its main theme or tune. Melodies are created by combining different pitches, rhythms, and durations in a specific order to create a melodic contour and express musical ideas and emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melodynoun

    a sweet or agreeable succession of sounds

  2. Melodynoun

    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. Melodynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Melody

    mel′o-di, n. an air or tune: music: an agreeable succession of single musical sounds, as distinguished from harmony or the concord of a succession of simultaneous sounds.—n. Melō′deon, a small reed organ: an improved variety of the accordeon.—adj. Melod′icn.pl. Melod′ics, the branch of music concerned with melody.—adj. Melō′dious, full of melody: agreeable to the ear.—adv. Melō′diously.—n. Melō′diousness.—v.t. Mel′odise, to make melodious: to reduce to the form of a melody.—v.i. to compose or sing melodies.—n. Mel′odist. [Fr.,—Late L.—Gr. melōdiamelos, a song, ōdē, a lay.]

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  1. melody

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Melody is ranked #28023 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Melody surname appeared 855 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Melody.

    92.6% or 792 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Melody in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Melody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Melody in a Sentence

  1. Dixie Hall:

    I think a song is just a song, they can do The Associated Press with all kinds of different bands. The Associated Press’s just The Associated Press and a melody. I was talking to Kris Kristofferson one time. They asked Kris Kristofferson what was country, and Kris Kristofferson said, ‘ If it sounds country, it’s country. ’ So that’s my philosophy.

  2. Albert Camus:

    The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Dance is the place that you visit to remove any anxiety while moving to your favorite melody

  4. Justin Hurwitz:

    Everything starts with me sitting at the piano for a very, very long time, going through one melody idea after another, after another. Throwing them out. Sending them to [director Damien Chazelle]. Then, throwing them out. Until we have the right melody or melodies.

  5. Loren Weisman:

    Sometimes the messaging and story are right where they need to be, but the issue is in the performance and delivery of that story and that message. The melody, tone, dynamics and tempo can be everything in a delivery.

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