n. pl. sym·pho·nies
a. An extended piece in three or more movements for symphony orchestra.
b. An instrumental passage in a vocal or choral composition.
c. An instrumental overture or interlude, as in early opera.
a. A symphony orchestra.
b. An orchestral concert.
3. Harmony, especially of sound or color.
4. Something characterized by a harmonious combination of elements.
[Middle English symphonye, harmony, from Old French symphonie, from Latin symphōnia, from Greek sumphōniā, from sumphōnos, harmonious : sun-, syn- + phōnē, sound; see bhā-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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