Meaning of “harmony” in the English Dictionary

"harmony" in British English

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harmonynoun

uk /ˈhɑː.mə.ni/ us /ˈhɑːr.mə.ni/

harmony noun (MUSIC)

C2 [ C or U ] a pleasant musical sound made by different notes being played or sung at the same time:

singing in harmony
It is a simple melody with complex harmonies.

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  • It's thrilling to hear the four-part harmony, with the voices perfectly balanced.
  • We need a few people in the congregation to sing the harmonies and not just the simple hymn tune.
  • She played the tune on the flute and I did some harmonies on the piano.
  • The modern generation of composers discarded traditional ideas of melody and harmony.
  • His music is known for its clashing discords, but at the end of this piece he gives us a rare passage of pure harmony.

harmony noun (MATCH)

B2 [ U ] a situation in which people are peaceful and agree with each other, or when things seem right or suitable together:

racial harmony (= good feelings between different races)
domestic harmony (= good feelings in the family or home)
Imagine a society in which everyone lived together in (perfect) harmony.
We must ensure that tourism develops in harmony with the environment.

(Definition of “harmony” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"harmony" in American English

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harmonynoun

us /ˈhɑr·mə·ni/

harmony noun (MUSIC)

music [ C/U ] notes that are played or sung with the main tune and that make the piece more complicated and interesting

harmony noun (AGREEMENT)

[ U ] agreement of ideas, feelings, or actions, or a pleasing combination of different parts:

He imagined a society in which all races lived together in harmony.

art [ U ] Harmony is the combination of separate but related parts in a way that uses their similarities to bring unity to a painting, drawing, or other art object.

(Definition of “harmony” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"harmony" in Business English

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harmonynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhɑːməni/ us

the situation in which people live or work happily together without any big problems:

social/racial/political harmony

(Definition of “harmony” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)