noun, plural melodies.
musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
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.

1250–1300; Middle English melodie < Medieval Latin melōdia < Greek melōidía (choral) singing, equivalent to mel- (see melic) + -ōid- (see ode) + -ia -y3

melodyless, adjective
undermelody, noun, plural undermelodies.

malady, melody.

1. See harmony. 2. tune, song, descant, theme. Unabridged


a female given name. Unabridged
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melody (ˈmɛlədɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  music
 a.  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
 b.  Compare harmony the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of music
2.  sounds that are pleasant because of tone or arrangement, esp words of poetry
[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 & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. melodie, from L.L. melodia, from Gk. meloidia "singing, chanting, a tune for lyric poetry," from melos "song, part of song," originally "limb" + oide "song, ode."
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Example sentences 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.
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