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



    BrE BrE//ˈræpsədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræpsədi//
    (pl. rhapsodies) Pieces of music
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  1. 1 (often in titles) a piece of music that is full of feeling and is not regular in form Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2(formal) the expression of great enthusiasm or happiness in speech or writing
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (referring to a poem or part of a poem in ancient Greece, which could be recited at one time): via Latin from Greek rhapsōidia, from rhaptein ‘to stitch’ + ōidē ‘song, ode’.
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