WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sym•pho•ny /ˈsɪmfəni/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -nies. 
  1. Music and Dancea long musical composition for a large orchestra, usually having four parts or movements.
  2. anything having a harmonious or pleasing combination of elements or parts:a symphony of color.
sym•phon•ic /sɪmˈfɑnɪk/USA pronunciation  adj. See -phon-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sym•pho•ny  (simfə nē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -nies. 
  1. Music and Dance
    • an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements.
    • an instrumental passage occurring in a vocal composition, or between vocal movements in a composition.
    • an instrumental piece, often in several movements, forming the overture to an opera or the like.
  2. Music and DanceSee  symphony orchestra. 
  3. Music and Dancea concert performed by a symphony orchestra.
  4. anything characterized by a harmonious combination of elements, esp. an effective combination of colors.
  5. harmony of sounds.
  6. [Archaic.]agreement;
    concord.
  • Greek symphōnía harmony. See sym-, -phony
  • Latin symphōnia concert
  • Old French symphonie
  • Middle English symfonye 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

symphony /ˈsɪmfənɪ/ n ( pl -nies)
  1. an extended large-scale orchestral composition, usually with several movements, at least one of which is in sonata form. The classical form of the symphony was fixed by Haydn and Mozart, but the innovations of subsequent composers have freed it entirely from classical constraints. It continues to be a vehicle for serious, large-scale orchestral music
  2. a piece of instrumental music in up to three very short movements, used as an overture to or interlude in a baroque opera
  3. any purely orchestral movement in a vocal work, such as a cantata or oratorio
  4. short for symphony orchestra
  5. anything distinguished by a harmonious composition: the picture was a symphony of green
  6. archaic harmony in general; concord
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French symphonie, from Latin symphōnia concord, concert, from Greek sumphōnia, from syn- + phōnē sound

symphonic /sɪmˈfɒnɪk/ adj symˈphonically adv



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