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

  • n. A style of composition having a single melodic line.

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  • n. the characteristic of a piece that has only a primary melody and no secondary melody or accompaniment

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as monody, 1.

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

  • n. music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)


mono- + (poly)phony.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Apparently Handel associates monophony with "walking in darkness"!

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  • Meanwhile the growth of the individual led to the growth of monophony in music, in which one voice stands out prominently, with an accompaniment of other voices.

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  • Before the 10th or 11th century, all Western music was [[monophony | monophonic]], or consisting of only one voice, which was usually a liturgical [[Gregorian chant | chant]].

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  • The wind continued to carry its load of lonesome song " a lowing, an unceasing monophony that drew a cold white chalk line down Ethan's spine.



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