Definition of harmony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːməni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrməni//
    (pl. harmonies) Describing music, Describing art
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  1. 1[uncountable] a state of peaceful existence and agreement the need to be in harmony with our environment to live together in perfect harmony social/racial harmony compare discord
  2. 2 [uncountable, countable] (music) the way in which different notes that are played or sung together combine to make a pleasing sound to sing in harmony to study four-part harmony passionate lyrics and stunning vocal harmonies compare discord Wordfinderbeat, harmony, melody, music, note, rhythm, sing, tempo, tone, vocal See related entries: Describing music
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] a pleasing combination of related things the harmony of colour in nature The designer’s aim is to produce a harmony of shape and texture. See related entries: Describing art
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin harmonia ‘joining, concord’, from Greek, from harmos ‘joint’.Extra examples On the surface their life was a model of domestic harmony. The Church tries to promote racial harmony. They try to foster harmony between different groups of people. They try to maintain harmony between the two communities. They work together in harmony. They’ve lived together in reasonable harmony for many years. an arrangement with four-part harmony living in perfect harmony with nature Beneath the impression of domestic harmony tensions were simmering. Many laws and customs are about social harmony. The measures are designed to promote racial harmony. These communities lived in greater harmony with the environment than modern urban societies. They began to sing in perfect four-part harmony. They lived together in perfect harmony. They try to live in closer harmony with the great forces of nature. We pray that peace and harmony may soon return to this troubled nation. With their tight vocal harmonies it is easy to understand the group’s appeal.
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