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symphony

noun

  1. (sonata)  a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
    Synonyms: sinfonia, symphonic music [uncountable noun]. Type of: sonata
  2. (orchestra)  a large orchestra; can perform symphonies
    Synonyms: philharmonic, symphony orchestra. Type of: orchestra

Etymology summary

the name of various musical instruments, from Old French symphonie "harmony"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Symphony

an extended musical composition in Western classical music, scored almost always for orchestra. A symphony usually contains at least one movement or episode composed according to the sonata principle. Many symphonies are tonal works in four movements... (37 of 2545 words)

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Symphony (disambiguation)

an extended piece of music for orchestra, especially one in sonata form. Symphony may also refer to: Symphony orchestra, which specializes in the performance of post-17th-century orchestral repertoire | Symphonia, a name applied to several kinds of ... (36 of 426 words, 33 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural] | symphony orchestra [sense-specific] | consonance [sense-specific] | concord [synonym, sense-specific]

an extended large-scale orchestral composition, usually with several ... | a piece of instrumental music in up to three very short movements, used as ... (23 of 533 words, 8 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Columbia Encyclopedia:

symphony

a sonata for orchestra. The Italian operatic overture, called "sinfonia", was standardized by Alessandro Scarlatti at the end of the 17th century into ... (23 of 526 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

symphony [music]

a lengthy form of musical composition for orchestra, normally consisting of several large sections, or movements, at least one of which usually ... (22 of 255 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/578021​/symphony

Merriam-Webster:

symphony | symphonies [plural] | ritornello [synonym, sense-specific] | sinfonia [synonym, sense-specific] | balance [synonym, sense-specific] | coherence [synonym, sense-specific] | concinnity [synonym, sense-specific] | consonance [synonym, sense-specific] | consonancy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

consonance of sounds | "ritornello" [sense-specific] ; "sinfonia" [sense-specific] ; a usually long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra ; a ... (20 of 197 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

an elaborate musical composition for full orchestra, typically in four movements, at least one of which is traditionally in sonata form | [historical] ... (22 of 131 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/symphony

Random House Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural] | sinfonia [music] | sinfonias [music, plural] | sinfonie [music, plural] | symphony orchestra [sense-specific]

[music] ; an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, ... | "symphony orchestra" | a concert performed by a symphony orchestra. ... (21 of 107 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/symphony

American Heritage Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

[music] ; An extended piece in three or more movements for symphony orchestra. | An instrumental passage in a vocal or choral composition. | An ... (23 of 86 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

harmony of sounds, especially of instruments | harmony of any kind, especially of color | anything, as a picture, characterized by harmonious ... (20 of 76 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/symphony

Macmillan British Dictionary:

symphony [countable, music] | symphonies [plural]

a long piece of classical music played by a symphony orchestra (11 of 38 words, pronunciation)

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

Wiktionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

an extended piece of music of sophisticated structure, usually for orchestra | harmony in music or colour, or a harmonious combination of elements (22 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/symphony

Cambridge Dictionary:

symphony | symphonic [adjective, derived]

a long piece of music for an orchestra, usually with four movements (parts) (13 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/symphony

Encarta Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

a major work for an orchestra, including wind, string, and percussion ... | Same as symphony orchestra | a concert performed by a symphony orchestra | ... (23 of 111 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717693​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

symphony

First use: late 13th century

Origin: the name of various musical instruments, from Old French symphonie "harmony" (12th century), from Latin symphonia "a unison of sounds, ... (23 of 112 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=symphony

Oxford Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

Origin: Middle English (denoting any of various instruments such as the dulcimer or the virginal): from Old French symphonie, via Latin from Greek ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/symphony

American Heritage Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

Origin: Middle English symphonye, harmony, from Old French symphonie, from Latin symphōnia, from Greek sumphōniā, from ... (15 of 28 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English symphonie, from Middle French, from Latin symphonia, from Greek symphōnia, from symphōnos concordant in ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

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

New World Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

Origin: Middle English symfonye from Old French simphonie from Latin symphonia from Greek symphōnia from syn-, together + phōnē, a sound: see "phono-"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/symphony

Collins Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French symphonie, from Latin symphōnia concord, concert, from Greek sumphōnia, from syn- + phōnē sound

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

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Wiktionary:

symphony

Origin: Ancient Greek συμφωνία.

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Encarta Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Latin symphonia "sound of instruments, harmony" from Greek sumphōnia, literally "sounding together" from phōnē "sound"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717693​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Symphony

Audio 1: "Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie 5 c-moll - 1. Allegro con brio"

Audio 2: "Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie 5 c-moll - 2. Andante con moto"

Audio 3: "Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie 5 c-moll - 3. Allegro"

Audio 4: "Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie 5 c-moll - 4. Allegro"

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Collins Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "symphony"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "symphony"

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

Macmillan British Dictionary:

symphony [countable, music] | symphonies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "symphony"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

symphony [countable, music] | symphonies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "symphony"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/symphony

Cambridge Dictionary:

symphony

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "symphony"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "symphony"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/symphony

the Free Dictionary:

symphony

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "symphony"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "symphony"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "symphony" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/symphony

Google Dictionary:

symphony | symphonies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "symphony"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

symphony

Audio: North American pronunciation of "symphony"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sympho​05 word=symphony

YourDictionary Audio:

symphony

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/symphony

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