Definition of philharmonic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌfɪlɑːˈmɒnɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɪlərˈmɑːnɪk//
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used in the names of orchestras, music societies, etc. the Berlin Philharmonic (Orchestra) Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from French philharmonique, from Italian filarmonico ‘loving harmony’ (from phil- (see philo-) and harmonic).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: philharmonic