from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Agreement in feeling or opinion; accord: live in harmony.
  • n. A pleasing combination of elements in a whole: color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe. See Synonyms at proportion.
  • n. Music The study of the structure, progression, and relation of chords.
  • n. Music Simultaneous combination of notes in a chord.
  • n. Music The structure of a work or passage as considered from the point of view of its chordal characteristics and relationships.
  • n. Music A combination of sounds considered pleasing to the ear.
  • n. A collation of parallel passages, especially from the Gospels, with a commentary demonstrating their consonance and explaining their discrepancies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Agreement or accord.
  • n. a pleasing combination of elements, or arrangement of sounds
  • n. The academic study of chords.
  • n. Two or more notes played simultaneously to produce a chord.
  • n. The relationship between two distinct musical pitches (musical pitches being frequencies of vibration which produce audible sound) played simultaneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or combination of things, or in things intended to form a connected whole; such an agreement between the different parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of effect.
  • n. Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship.
  • n. A literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency.
  • n.
  • n. A succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation.
  • n. The science which treats of their construction and progression.
  • n. See Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A combination of tones that is pleasing to the ear; concord of sounds or tones.
  • n. Especially, in music: Music in general, regarded as an agreeable combination of tones.
  • n. Any simultaneous combination of consonant or related tones; a concord.
  • n. Specifically, a common chord or triad. See triad.
  • n. The entire chordal structure of a piece, as distinguished from its melody or its rhythm.
  • n. The science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords: the fundamental branch of the science of musical composition.
  • n. Any arrangement or combination of related parts or elements that is consistent or is esthetically pleasing; agreement of particulars according to some standard of consistency or of the esthetic judgment; an accordant, agreeable, or suitable conjunction or assemblage of details; concord; congruity.
  • n. Accord, as in action or feeling; agreement, as in sentiment or interests; concurrence; good understanding; peace and friendship.
  • n. A collation of parallel passages from different works treating of the same subject, for the purpose of showing their agreement and of explaining their apparent discrepancies.
  • n. In anatomy, same as harmonia, 1.
  • n. The tonic, dominant, and subdominant triads of a major key.
  • n. Correspondence, consistency, congruity; amity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. compatibility in opinion and action
  • n. a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
  • n. agreement of opinions
  • n. an agreeable sound property
  • n. the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English armonie, from Old French, from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmoniā, articulation, agreement, harmony, from harmos, joint; see ar- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

First attested in 1602. From Middle English armonye, from Old French harmonie/armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Ancient Greek ἁρμονία (harmonia, "joint, union, agreement, concord of sounds").



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