[fil-hahr-mon-ik, fil-er-]
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)
of, noting, or presented by a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.
a symphony orchestra or the society sponsoring it.

1755–65; phil- + harmonic; modeled on French philharmonique or Italian filarmonico Unabridged
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philharmonic (ˌfɪlhɑːˈmɒnɪk, ˌfɪlə-)
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
3.  (capital when part of a name) a specific philharmonic choir, orchestra, or society
[C18: from French philharmonique, from Italian filarmonico music-loving; see philo-, harmony]

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Word Origin & History

1813 (name of a society founded in London for the promotion of instrumental music), from Fr. philharmonique (1739), from It. filarmonico, lit. "loving harmony," from Gk. philos "loving" + ta harmonika "theory of harmony, music," from neut. pl. of harmonikos (see harmonic).
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Example sentences for philharmonic
Awards and recognitions gold medal, the royal philharmonic society.
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