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



BrE BrE//tjuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//tuːn//
Pieces of music
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  •  [countable] a series of musical notes that are sung or played in a particular order to form a piece of music He was humming a familiar tune. I don't know the title but I recognize the tune. It was a catchy tune (= song). a football song sung to the tune of (= using the tune of) ‘When the saints go marching in’ CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​be into music/​classical music/​jazz/​pop/​hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/​an MP3 player/​a CD put on/​play a CD/​a song/​some music turn down/​up the music/​radio/​volume/​bass go to a concert/​festival/​gig/​performance/​recital copy/​burn/​rip music/​a CD/​a DVD download music/​an album/​a song/​a demo/​a videoPlaying play a musical instrument/​the piano/​percussion/​a note/​a riff/​the melody/​a concerto/​a duet/​by ear sing an anthem/​a ballad/​a solo/​an aria/​the blues/​in a choir/​soprano/​alto/​tenor/​bass/​out of tune hum a tune/​a theme tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a concert appear at a festival/​live go on/​embark on a (world) tourRecording write/​compose music/​a ballad/​a melody/​a tune/​a song/​a theme song/​an opera/​a symphony land/​get/​sign a record deal be signed to/​be dropped by a record company record/​release/​put out an album/​a single/​a CD be top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one see also signature tune, theme tune See related entries: Pieces of music
  • Word Originlate Middle English: unexplained alteration of tone. The verb is first recorded (late 15th cent.) in the sense ‘celebrate in music, sing’.Extra examples He hummed a little tune as he washed the dishes. He softly hummed the tune to himself. He wasn’t allowed in the choir because he couldn’t hold a tune. She gave us a tune on the piano. The crowd were singing ‘Give us jobs!’ to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’. The crowd were singing ‘Give us jobs, not more cuts!’ to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday To You’. The kids were picking out a popular tune on the old piano. a collection of classic tunes an old jazz tune I don’t know the title but I recognize the tune. It was a catchy little tune. It’s sung to the tune of ‘When the saints go marching in’.Idioms
    be in/out of tune (with somebody/something)
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    to be/not be in agreement with somebody/something; to have/not have the same opinions, feelings, interests, etc. as somebody/something These proposals are perfectly in tune with our own thoughts on the subject. The President is out of tune with public opinion.
    to be/not be singing or playing the correct musical notes to sound pleasant None of them could sing in tune. The piano is out of tune. (informal) to be the person who controls a situation (informal) to express a different opinion or behave in a different way when your situation changes Wait until it happens to him—he'll soon change his tune.
    dance to somebody’s tune
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    to do whatever somebody tells you to
    he who pays the piper calls the tune
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    (saying) the person who provides the money for something can also control how it is spent
    to change your opinion about somebody/something or your attitude towards somebody/something
    to the tune of something
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    (informal) used to emphasize how much money something has cost The hotel has been refurbished to the tune of a million dollars.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tune