Definition of melody in English:

melody

Syllabification: mel·o·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈmelədē
 
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noun (plural melodies)

1A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying: he picked out an intricate melody on his guitar
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  • Singers will get the chance to sing in harmony, in single line melodies, in rounds and to experiment with varied vocal textures.
  • It means he can hum a popular melody in the tune of other songs.
  • It's a rather chirpy little guitar-pop song with a melody that is strangely reminiscent of the Postman Pat theme tune.
Synonyms
tune, air, strain, theme, song, refrain, piece of music, ditty
informal earworm
1.1Musically satisfying sequences of notes collectively: his great gift was for melody
More example sentences
  • They do display a keen sense of melody and song arrangement, but being better than all the other emo bands still isn't saying much.
  • The common threads are Jóhannsson's airy use of space and the fundamental simplicity with which he approaches melody and arrangement.
  • Consistently elevating each of these fourteen tracks above the clones are the pair's ear for melody and sense of musical humor.
1.2The principal part in harmonized music: we have the melody and bass of a song composed by Strozzi
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  • Possibly the lack of harmonic padding between the melody and bass lines meant that there was more inclusive space for other adjacent sounds.
  • It has been said that in Schubert's music the melody stands for life and the harmony for death.
  • The haze of sound he creates actually does activate those harmonics and their subtle movement is the real melody of the music.

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense 'sweet music'): from Old French melodie, via late Latin from Greek melōidia, from melos 'song'.

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