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



    BrE BrE//ˈmelədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmelədi//
    (pl. melodies) Describing music, Pieces of music
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  1. 1[countable] a tune, especially the main tune in a piece of music written for several instruments or voices a haunting melody The melody is then taken up by the flutes. 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 related entries: Describing music
  2. 2[countable] a piece of music or a song with a clear or simple tune old Irish melodies See related entries: Pieces of music
  3. 3[uncountable] the arrangement of musical notes in a tune a few bars of melody drifted towards us
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘sweet music’): from Old French melodie, via late Latin from Greek melōidia, from melos ‘song’. Wordfinderbeat, harmony, melody, music, note, rhythm, sing, tempo, tone, vocalExtra examples Most of her songs have a bold melody. The clarinet carries the melody. A few bars of melody drifted towards us. He began playing a sad, haunting melody. The musicians were playing a selection of old Irish melodies.
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