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



BrE BrE//pəˈlɪfəni//
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlɪfəni//
[uncountable] (music)
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the combination of several different patterns of musical notes sung together to form a single piece of music synonym counterpoint Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Greek poluphōnia, from polu- ‘many’ + phōnē ‘sound’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polyphony