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ˈræp sə dirhap·sody

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rhapsodynoun

    an epic poem adapted for recitation


  1. rhapsodynoun

    An ancient Greek epic poem (or part of one) suitable for uninterrupted recitation.

  2. rhapsodynoun

    A random collection or medley; a miscellany or confused string of stories, words etc.

  3. rhapsodynoun

    An exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.

  4. rhapsodynoun

    An instrumental composition of irregular form often incorporating improvisation.

  5. Etymology: From rhapsodia, from ῥαψῳδία.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RHAPSODYnoun

    Any number of parts joined together, without necessary dependence or natural connection.

    Etymology: ῥαψωδὶα; ῥάπτω, to sew, and ὠδὴ , a song.

    Such a deed, as sweet religion makes
    A rhapsody of words. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    This confusion and rhapsody of difficulties was not to be supposed in each single sinner. Henry Hammond.

    He, that makes no reflexions on what he reads, only loads his mind with a rhapsody of tales fit for the entertainment of others. John Locke.

    The words slide over the ears, and vanish like a rhapsody of evening tales. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.


  1. rhapsody

    Rhapsody is an enthusiastic expression of strong emotion, often in an artistic format such as music, poetry, or any other form of art. In music, it refers to a free-form composition, which often displays powerful and extravagantly emotional themes. Meanwhile, in casual speech, it refers to expressing one's intense joy or excitement about something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhapsodynoun

    a recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book

  2. Rhapsodynoun

    a disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition

  3. Rhapsodynoun

    a composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies."

  4. Etymology: [F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. "rapsw,di`a, fr. "rapsw,do`s a rhapsodist; "ra`ptein to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh` a song. See Ode.]


  1. Rhapsody

    A rhapsody in music is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated, free-flowing in structure, featuring a range of highly contrasted moods, colour and tonality. An air of spontaneous inspiration and a sense of improvisation make it freer in form than a set of variations. The word "rhapsody" is derived from the Greek rhapsōdos, a reciter of epic poetry, and came to be used in Europe by the 16th century as a designation for literary forms, not only epic poems, but also for collections of miscellaneous writings and, later, any extravagant expression of sentiment or feeling. In the 18th century, literary rhapsodies first became linked with music, as in Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart's Musicalische Rhapsodien, a collection of songs with keyboard accompaniment, together with a few solo keyboard pieces. The first solo piano compositions with the title, however, were Václav Jan Tomášek’s fifteen Rhapsodies, the first of which appeared in 1810. Although vocal examples may be found as late as Brahms's Alto Rhapsody, op.53, in the 19th century the rhapsody had become primarily an instrumental form, first for the piano and then, in the second half of the century, a large-scale nationalistic orchestral "epic"—a fashion initiated by Franz Liszt. Interest in Gypsy violin playing beginning in the mid-19th century led to a number of important pieces in that style, in particular by Liszt, Antonín Dvořák, George Enescu, Ernő Dohnányi, and Béla Bartók, and in the early 20th century British composers exhibiting the influence of folksong composed a number of examples, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's three Norfolk Rhapsodies, George Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad, and Frederick Delius's Brigg Fair.


  1. Rhapsody

    The Rhapsody digital music service (www.rhapsody.com) gives subscribers unlimited on-demand access to more than sixteen million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. It is the first and largest premium, on-demand music service in the United States.Rhapsody allows subscribers to access their music through more touch-points than any other digital music service, including mobile phones from Verizon Wireless, through Rhapsody applications on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, RIM BlackBerry and Android mobile platform as well as through devices from Vizio, SanDisk, HP, Sonos and Philips. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhapsody in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhapsody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of rhapsody in a Sentence

  1. Brian May:

    It makes you wonder, well, we're still here for some reason, it's amazing where the time went ... Everybody's talking about 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which is nice. I think Freddie would be very proud and we are too.

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