What does melody mean?

Definitions for melody
ˈmɛl ə dimelody

Here are all the possible meanings 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

Wiktionary

  1. melodynoun

    tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase

    This song has a nice melody.

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

  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.

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

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

Freebase

  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. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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Numerology

  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. Jill Soloway:

    When the time came to bring the' Transparent' journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura Pfefferman was our path forward, in this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura Pfefferman in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance.

  2. Annie Dillard, _Pilgrim at Tinker Creek_:

    There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.

  4. 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.

  5. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    And the melody remains the ladder of elevation to the poem and the love that adores it.

Images & Illustrations of melody

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