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[mel-uh-dee] /ˈmɛl ə di/
noun, plural melodies.
musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
  1. the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
  2. the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
  3. a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
a poem suitable for singing.
intonation, as of a segment of connected speech.
Origin of melody
1250-1300; Middle English melodie < Medieval Latin melōdia < Greek melōidía (choral) singing, equivalent to mel- (see melic) + -ōid- (see ode) + -ia -y3
Related forms
melodyless, adjective
undermelody, noun, plural undermelodies.
Can be confused
malady, melody.
1. See harmony. 2. tune, song, descant, theme.


[mel-uh-dee] /ˈmɛl ə di/
a female given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melody
  • Percussion instruments play not only rhythm, but also melody and harmony.
  • The dance form of jazz was characterized by a sweet and romantic melody.
  • It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody.
  • He made substantial modifications to harmony, melody, dynamics, etc.
  • The chanter is the part of the bagpipe upon which the player creates the melody.
  • Although it was typically a polyphonic setting, the melody would be plainly audible.
  • There was sometimes an obbligato line above or below the melody.
British Dictionary definitions for melody


noun (pl) -dies
  1. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
  2. the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of music Compare harmony (sense 4b)
sounds that are pleasant because of tone or arrangement, esp words of poetry
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidia singing, from melos song + -ōidia, from aoidein to sing
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Word Origin and History for melody

late 13c., from Old French melodie "music, song, tune" (12c.), from Late Latin melodia, from Greek meloidia "a singing, a chanting, choral song, a tune for lyric poetry," from melos "song, part of song" (see melisma) + oide "song, ode" (see ode).

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