noun (plural symphonies)
- 1An elaborate musical composition for full orchestra, typically in four movements, at least one of which is traditionally in sonata form: Beethoven’s Fifth SymphonyMore example sentences
- He was a prolific composer, writing symphonies, concertos, sonatas, and dramatic works.
- Joseph Haydn's Scherzandi are bite-size symphonies in four movements, each seven or eight minutes in length.
- His 1781 discovery of the planet Uranus has overshadowed his musical compositions (18 symphonies, two viola and one oboe concerto, nine sonatas and various keyboard and vocal music).
- 1.2chiefly North American (especially in names of orchestras) short for symphony orchestra. the Boston SymphonyMore example sentences
- Now they play fifteen to twenty concerts a year together, while Misha plays ninety to 100 other engagements as soloist, chamber musician or with symphonies.
- He now travels the world performing with renowned symphonies and conductors.
- His works have been performed by symphonies in Akron, Springfield and Cleveland, Ohio, as well as the Warsaw Philharmonic.
- 1.3Something regarded as a composition of different elements: autumn is a symphony of texture and patternMore example sentences
- The leaves of the trees were of different colors, offering a symphony of tones that only I seemed to hear.
- Both serious wine connoisseurs, Graf and Rydman collaborated with the chairs and bistro moderne chef Philippe Schmidt on a symphony of food and wine that had patrons swooning.
- In the Glasgow of my childhood I woke to a symphony of glass, metal and steam.
Middle English (denoting any of various instruments such as the dulcimer or the virginal): from Old French symphonie, via Latin from Greek sumphōnia, from sumphōnos 'harmonious', from sun- 'together' + phōnē 'sound'.
More definitions of symphonyDefinition of symphony in:
- The US English dictionary