Definition of harmony in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːməni/

noun (plural harmonies)

1 [mass noun] The combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce a pleasing effect: the piece owes its air of tranquillity largely to the harmony [count noun]: an exciting variety of improvised harmonies
More example sentences
  • In terms of form, melody, and harmony, these works define the word ‘traditional.’
  • Glass has stripped music down to a few bare parameters: repetition, simple harmony and little melody.
  • What unites his music for all media is his individual use of melody and harmony often with a light touch.
1.1The quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole: delightful cities where old and new blend in harmony
More example sentences
  • He is fascinated by other cultures and desires global harmony, seeing the whole world as his home.
  • The self is seen as integrated mind and body as a whole but it's also seen as whole with nature, with society and everything is integrated together and that there should be harmony within that whole.
  • We chose to have the Menu Dégustation Surprise (the surprise tasting menu), which turned out to lack harmony as a whole.
balance, symmetry, congruity, consonance, coordination, blending, correspondence, compatibility
1.2The state of being in agreement or concord: man and machine in perfect harmony
More example sentences
  • They are in harmony with the perfect will of God and give rise to changed lives and changed communities.
  • It has the potential to become a central feature in the promotion and determination of a more aware, inclusive and active community that lives in harmony with itself and its environment.
  • Christians have lived on the south-western coast of the Indian subcontinent peacefully and in harmony with the other local people for many centuries.
concord, accord, agreement, peace, peacefulness, amity, amicability, friendship, fellowship, comradeship, solidarity, cooperation, understanding, consensus, unity, sympathy, rapport, goodwill, like-mindedness;
unison, union, concert, oneness, synthesis, concurrence
2An arrangement of the four Gospels, or of any parallel narratives, which presents a single continuous narrative text.
Example sentences
  • We know that shortly after AD 150 Tatian composed a harmony of the four gospels.
  • The East saw the invention of the very first harmony of all four Gospels: Tatian's Diatessaron.


harmony of the spheres

see sphere.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin harmonia 'joining, concord', from Greek, from harmos 'joint'.

  • Harmony comes from Latin harmonia ‘joining, concord’, from Greek harmos ‘joint’.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: har|mony

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.