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philharmonic

[fil-hahr-mon-ik, fil-er-] /ˌfɪl hɑrˈmɒn ɪk, ˌfɪl ər-/
adjective
1.
fond of or devoted to music; music-loving: used especially in the name of certain musical societies that sponsor symphony orchestras (Philharmonic Societies) and hence applied to their concerts (philharmonic concerts)
2.
of, noting, or presented by a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.
noun
3.
a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; phil- + harmonic; modeled on French philharmonique or Italian filarmonico
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British Dictionary definitions for philharmonic societies

philharmonic

/ˌfɪlhɑːˈmɒnɪk; ˌfɪlə-/
adjective
1.
fond of music
2.
(capital when part of a name) denoting an orchestra, choir, society, etc, devoted to the performance, appreciation, and study of music
noun
3.
(capital when part of a name) a specific philharmonic choir, orchestra, or society
Word Origin
C18: from French philharmonique, from Italian filarmonico music-loving; see philo-, harmony
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Word Origin and History for philharmonic societies

philharmonic

adj.

1813 (in the name of a society founded in London for the promotion of instrumental music), from French philharmonique (1739), from Italian filarmonico, literally "loving harmony," from Greek philos "loving" see philo-) + ta harmonika "theory of harmony, music," from neuter plural of harmonikos (see harmonic). The Society name was taken up in the names of many symphony orchestras.

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