[countable]a series of musical notes that are sung or played in a particular order to form a piece of musicHe 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’CollocationsMusicListeninglisten to/enjoy/love/be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc.listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CDput on/play a CD/a song/some musicturn down/up the music/radio/volume/bassgo to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recitalcopy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVDdownload music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoPlayingplay a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by earsing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tunehum a tune/a theme tune/a lullabyaccompany a singer/choirstrum a chord/guitarPerformingform/start/get together/join/quit/leave a bandgive a performance/concert/recitaldo a concert/recital/gigplay a concert/gig/festival/venueperform(British English) at/in a concert/(especially North American English) a concertappear at a festival/livego on/embark on a (world) tourRecordingwrite/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphonyland/get/sign a record dealbe signed to/be dropped by a record companyrecord/release/put out an album/a single/a CDbe top of/top the chartsget to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number onesee alsosignature tune,theme tuneSee 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 examplesHe 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 tunesan old jazz tuneI 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
to be/not be in agreement with somebody/something; to have/not have the same opinions, feelings, interests, etc. as somebody/somethingThese proposals are perfectly in tune with our own thoughts on the subject.The President is out of tune with public opinion.