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 Dictionary entry overview: What does melody mean? 

MELODY (noun)
  The noun MELODY has 2 senses:

1. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
2. the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes

  Familiarity information: MELODY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MELODY (noun)

Sense 1melody [BACK TO TOP]


A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


melodic line; melodic phrase; melody; tune; strain; air; line

Context example:

she was humming an air from Beethoven

Hypernyms ("melody" is a kind of...):

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Meronyms (parts of "melody"):

musical phrase; phrase (a short musical passage)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "melody"):

fanfare; flourish; tucket ((music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments)

glissando (a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale)

roulade ((music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable)

leitmotif; leitmotiv (a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas))

theme song (a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie)

signature; signature tune; theme song (a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program)

idea; melodic theme; musical theme; theme ((music) melodic subject of a musical composition)

part; voice (the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music)

Sense 2melody [BACK TO TOP]


The perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


tonal pattern; melody

Hypernyms ("melody" is a kind of...):

musical perception (the auditory perception of musical sounds)

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