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The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Meaning of "melody" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD MELODY

From Old French, from Late Latin melōdia, from Greek melōidia singing, from melos song + -ōidia, from aoidein to sing.
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PRONUNCIATION OF MELODY

melody  [ˈmɛlədɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MELODY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Melody is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES MELODY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Melody

A melody, also tune, voice, or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitch and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term can include successions of other musical elements such as tonal color. It may be considered the foreground to the background accompaniment. A line or part need not be a foreground melody. Melodies often consist of one or more musical phrases or motifs, and are usually repeated throughout a composition in various forms. Melodies may also be described by their melodic motion or the pitches or the intervals between pitches, pitch range, tension and release, continuity and coherence, cadence, and shape. The true goal of music—its proper enterprise—is melody. All the parts of harmony have as their ultimate purpose only beautiful melody. Therefore the question of which is the more significant, melody or harmony, is futile. Beyond doubt, the means is subordinate to the end. —Johann Philipp Kirnberger...

Definition of melody in the English dictionary

The definition of melody in the dictionary is a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune. Other definition of melody is sounds that are pleasant because of tone or arrangement, esp words of poetry.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MELODY


beardie
ˈbɪədɪ
countermelody
ˈkaʊntəˌmelədɪ
custody
ˈkʌstədɪ
jeopardy
ˈdʒɛpədɪ
Lollardy
ˈlɒlədɪ
Lombardy
ˈlɒmbədɪ
Mahanadi
məˈhɑːnədɪ
malady
ˈmælədɪ
Monteverdi
ˌmɒntɪˈvɛədɪ
nobody
ˈnəʊbədɪ
parody
ˈpærədɪ
Picardy
ˈpɪkədɪ
rhapsody
ˈræpsədɪ
Saturday
ˈsætədɪ
somebody
ˈsʌmbədɪ
threnody
ˈθrɛnədɪ
touladi
ˈtuːlədɪ
tuladi
ˈtuːlədɪ
Verdi
ˈvɛədɪ
yesterday
ˈjɛstədɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MELODY

melodic minor scale
melodica
melodically
melodies
melodion
melodious
melodiously
melodiousness
melodise
melodiser
melodist
melodize
melodizer
melodrama
melodramatic
melodramatically
melodramatise
melodramatist
melodramatize
meloid

WORDS THAT END LIKE MELODY

all-metal body
antibody
anybody
bloody
body
Cody
embody
everybody
goody
governing body
homebody
hoody
monoclonal antibody
moody
Peabody
petalody
phyllody
sepalody
upper body
woody

Synonyms and antonyms of melody in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «MELODY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «melody» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of melody

Translation of «melody» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MELODY

Find out the translation of melody to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of melody from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «melody» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

旋律
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

melodía
570 millions of speakers

English

melody
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

राग
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لـَحْنٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

мелодия
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

melodia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সুর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mélodie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Melodi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Melodie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

メロディー
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

멜로디
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Melodi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giai điệu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மெல்லிசை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गोडवा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

melodi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

melodia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

melodia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

мелодія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

melodie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μελωδία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

melodie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

melodi
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

melodi
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of melody

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MELODY»

The term «melody» is very widely used and occupies the 8.813 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MELODY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about melody

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10 QUOTES WITH «MELODY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word melody.
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Kathy Acker
Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm. Like with jazz. You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it. And the riffs are about timing.
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Avicii
Originality is definitely missing from EDM. There are people looking for it and exploring but I feel it's so big now it is just getting milked. House music is losing all its melody as it becomes more about how dirty the drop is and how energetic it is. It loses touch with what music really is.
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Burt Bacharach
Never be ashamed to write a melody that people remember.
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Aloe Blacc
Music critics think of lyrics first and don't consider melody but so many songs are lyrically depressing but musically great, and that's why they become classics.
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Johannes Brahms
Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
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Pablo Casals
The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
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Stanley Clarke
After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure.
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Britt Daniel
You know when a song has a melody or some kind of element that affects you, and that is what I am trying to go for.
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form.
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Carmen Ejogo
I dabbled a little bit in the whole music thing but I've always thought about Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's lyricist; Elton John is the great melody and song writer but Bernie Taupin is the one who writes all the lyrics. I don't write lyrics, and I never wanted to be in the music business if I was just going to be a puppet in it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MELODY»

Discover the use of melody in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to melody and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Melody: How to Write Great Tunes
Discusses how tunes can be composed; how to combine rhythm, intervals, scales, and harmony; and melody-writing techniques.
Rikky Rooksby, 2004
2
Melody
Melody Logan knew her beautiful mother, Haille, was unhappy in their hardscrabble mining town.
V.C. Andrews, 2011
3
Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit ...
Discover songwriting techniques from the hit makers! This comprehensive guide unlocks the secrets of hit songs, examining them, and revealing why they succeed.
Jack Perricone, 2000
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Jane's Melody
"A grieving mother must decide what boundaries she's willing to cross for true love when she takes in her dead daughter's young boyfriend, a struggling street musician, and finds herself falling for him."--P. [4] of cover.
Ryan Winfield, 2013
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Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps: New Stories
Provides a detailed explanation of the Twelve-Step program designed by Alcoholics Anonymous, accompanied by advice on how to apply the program to codependent issues and cross-addiction
Melody Beattie, 1992
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The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation
Now a modern classic, this book established Beattie as a pioneer in self-help literature and endeared her to millions of readers who longed for healthier relationships.
Melody Beattie, 2008
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Through Chord-Melody and Beyond
In this definitive work, Howard Morgen demonstrates all the tools, techniques, and concepts to create masterful solo guitar arrangements.
Howard Morgen, 2008
8
Melody: A Novel
Melody inadvertently forfeits her safety to expose what she believes to be her sister's boyfriend's dark secret, a situation that is further complicated when she investigates if her best friend is being targeted by a serial rapist.
Stacy-Deanne, 2012
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Jazz Guitar Standards -- Chord Melody Solos: Book & 2 CDs
The book comes with the CDs which have all 44 tunes. This book is a wonderful anthology of solo guitar that can be used for performances as well as educational purposes.
Alfred Publishing Staff, Various, 2004
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Chord Melody Solos
The exercises and tunes in this book involve playing the chords and the melody of a song simultaneously. This book outlines six basic steps for playing guitar effectively in the chord melody style.
John E. Lawrence, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MELODY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term melody is used in the context of the following news items.
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Melody Casson admits killing baby son Wayne and hiding the truth …
All along, Melody Casson had claimed she accidentally killed her son Wayne by falling asleep on him, and 'deceived' a coroner into believing ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
2
Jazz folkie Melody Gardot brings compassion, social conscience to …
Onetime Philadelphian Melody Gardot, a jazz folkie with a Billie Holiday-like quiver to her voice, had a personal misfortune that might have ... «Philly.com, Jul 15»
3
Melody Sweets shares eight ways to seduce a lover at dinner - Las …
We continue today with The Green Goddess of “Absinthe,” the sexy burlesque beauty Melody Sweets, and the world's largest and wildest ... «Las Vegas Sun, Jul 15»
4
Melody matters
The brothers Harmeet and Manmeet are well known for chartbusters like Baby Doll and Chittiyan Kalayian. Formerly two-thirds of the musical ... «The Asian Age, Jul 15»
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New 'Explore' Trailer Released for Warden: Melody of the …
Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth by indie studio Cardboard Keep, was Greenlit on Steam back in November 2014 and will feature Oculus ... «VRFocus, Jul 15»
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Melody Inchumuk : Hot Springs - Rapid City Journal
A tremendous amount of concern exists in regard to the possibility of uranium mining in our area, which would use untold amounts of water and ... «Rapid City Journal, Jul 15»
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mySpy: Hydra Melody at the Empire Theatre
Local band Hydra Melody debuted their new album “Nocturna” to a packed house at the Empire Theatre Saturday night. The group played the ... «mySanAntonio.com, Jul 15»
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Dixie Melody Boys to perform in Dalton at Olivia Baptist Church Aug. 9
One of Gospel music's most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at Olivia Baptist Church, 1817 Guy Street, in Dalton, Ga., ... «Northwest Georgia News, Jul 15»
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Stephanie Pearce: Singing a melody
Every morning I lived at my parents' home, my mom would greet me with, “Good Morning to you. Good morning, sweet Stephanie. «Craig Daily Press, Jul 15»
10
Puli: Superstar Vijay and Shruti Haasan croon a romantic melody for …
Well, we just can't wait to hear this romantic melody from Puli sung by these two super talented stars. Written and directed by Chimbu Deven, ... «India.com, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Melody [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/melody>. Jun 2021 ».
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