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[muh-lod-ik] /məˈlɒd ɪk/
of or relating to melody, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
Origin of melodic
1815-25; < Late Latin melōdicus < Greek melōidikós. See melody, -ic
Related forms
melodically, adverb
nonmelodic, adjective
nonmelodically, adverb
unmelodic, adjective
unmelodically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melodic
  • Compose a melody with attention to melodic shape and form.
  • People who talk in a more melodic way have a stronger bead on social communication.
  • The study of harmonic and melodic sound is difficult and worthwhile.
  • Other vocal factors such as tone, accent, melodic content may influence the characteristics of the words.
  • Why music works as a mnemonic device is that if a melodic line is memorable, it will help in remembering the attached words.
  • One longs, wistfully, for a season of more melodic substance and sustenance.
  • Guitar, drum, flute and singing combined in a hauntingly melodic paean to these hallowed grounds.
  • Suddenly, this lovely melodic call to prayer wafts through the air.
  • Within these patterns, there are extensive possibilities for rhythmic and melodic variation.
  • The group combines an array of talents and styles which converge into a cutting edge melodic sound.
British Dictionary definitions for melodic


of or relating to melody
of or relating to a part in a piece of music
tuneful or melodious
Derived Forms
melodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for melodic

1818, from French mélodique, from Late Latin melodicus, from Greek melodikos, from melodia (see melody).

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