melody

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Middle English melodie, from Old French melodie, from Latin melodia, from Ancient Greek μελῳδία (melōidiā, singing, chanting), from μέλος (mélos, musical phrase) + ἀοιδή (aoidḗ, song), contracted form ᾠδή (ōidḗ).

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melody (plural melodies)

  1. tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, chapter 1, The Subtle Minotaur[1]:
      Slowly she turned round and faced towards a neat white bungalow, set some way back from the path behind a low hedge of golden privet. No light showed, but someone there was playing the piano. The strange elusiveness of the soft, insistent melody seemed to draw her forward.

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  • (sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase): tune

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