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monophony

Definition:

music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

monophonic

Plural:

monophonies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

monody | monophonic music [uncountable noun]

Etymology:

"mono-" + "-phony"
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Monophony

the simplest of textures, consisting of melody without accompanying harmony. This may be realized as just one note at a time, or with the same note duplicated at the octave. If an entire melody is played by two or more instruments or sung by a choir... (46 of 1133 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Monophony

Collins Dictionary:

monophony | monophonic | monaural [synonym, sense-specific] | mono [shortened, sense-specific]

[electronics] the system of broadcasting, recording, or reproducing sound that uses only one channel between source and loudspeaker | [music] a style ... (21 of 241 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monophony

Britannica Encyclopedia:

monophony [music]

musical texture made up of a single unaccompanied melodic line. It's a basic element of virtually all musical cultures. Byzantine and Gregorian chants ... (23 of 166 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/389948​/monophony

Oxford Dictionary:

monophonic | monophonically [derived] | monophony [derived]

[sound reproduction] using only one channel of transmission. | [music] : having a single melodic line without harmonies or melody in counterpoint. (21 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/monophonic

Random House Dictionary:

monophony | monophonies [plural] | monody [synonym, definition 3a, sense-specific]

a musical style employing a single melodic line without accompaniment. | monody (definition 3a) (13 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/monophony

New World Dictionary:

monophony

music having a single melody without accompaniment or harmonizing parts, as in plainsong | "monody" (14 of 21 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monophony

Wiktionary:

monophony [music] | monophonies [French, plural]

the characteristic of a piece that has only a primary melody and no secondary melody or accompaniment (17 of 19 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/monophony

American Heritage Dictionary:

monophony | monophonies [plural]

A style of composition having a single melodic line. (9 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monophony

Merriam-Webster:

monophony

monophonic music (2 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/monophony

Macmillan British Dictionary:

music [uncountable] | music to your ears

sounds made by voices or instruments arranged in a way that is pleasant to listen to ; the art or activity of writing, performing, or studying music | ... (27 of 162 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/music

Cambridge Dictionary:

music

a pattern of sounds made by musical instruments, singing or computers, or a ... | the art or study of music | the written system of symbols ... (25 of 96 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/music

Encarta Dictionary:

monody | monodies [plural]

in Greek tragedy, an ode for one actor to sing alone | a poem that mourns somebody's death | a piece of music that has a single melodic line | Italian ... (28 of 103 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861631019​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

monophony

Origin: "mono-" + "-phony"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monophony

mono-

Origin: mono-molecular | Greek mono- from monos, single, alone from Indo-European base *men-, small, single derives Old Irish menb, small

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mono-prefix

-phony

Origin: Greek phōnē, a sound: see "phono-"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phony-suffix

American Heritage Dictionary:

monophony | monophonies [plural]

Origin: "mono-" + "polyphony".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monophony

mono-

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from Greek, from monos, single, alone; see men- [entry 4] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mono-prefix

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Monophony

Audio 1: "Pop Goes the Weasel"

Audio 2: "Pange Lingua Latin in Latin"

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Monophony

Collins Dictionary:

monophony | monophonic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "monophony"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/monophony

the Free Dictionary:

monophony

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "monophony"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "monophony" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/monophony

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

monophony

Audio: North American pronunciation of "monophony"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=monoph​05 word=monophony

YourDictionary Audio:

monophony

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "monophony" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/monophony

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