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


Middle English armonie, from Old French, from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmoniā, articulation, agreement, harmony, from harmos, joint; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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