from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
- n. A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style.
- n. A state of elated bliss; ecstasy.
- n. Music A usually instrumental composition of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation.
- n. An ancient Greek epic poem or a portion of one suitable for uninterrupted recitation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancient Greek epic poem (or part of one) suitable for uninterrupted recitation.
- n. A random collection or medley; a miscellany or confused string of stories, words etc.
- n. An exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
- n. An instrumental composition of irregular form often incorporating improvisation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.
- n. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition.
- n. A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The recitation of epic poetry; hence, a short epic poem, or such a part of a longer epic as could be recited at one time: as, the Homeric rhapsodies.
- n. The exaggerated expression of real or affected feeling or enthusiasm; an outburst of extravagant admiration or regard; especially, a poetic composition marked rather by exaggerated sentiment or fancy than by sober, connected thought.
- n. In music, an instrumental composition in irregular form, somewhat like a caprice, impromptu, or improvisation, though properly more important: as, Liszt's Hungarian rhapsodies.
- n. Any rambling composition; a cento; hence, a medley; a jumble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an epic poem adapted for recitation
Latin rhapsōdia, section of an epic poem, from Greek rhapsōidiā, from rhapsōidein, to recite poems : rhaptein, rhaps-, to sew; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rhapsōdia, from Ancient Greek ῥαψῳδία. (Wiktionary)