A rhapsody is an impassioned speech or sentiment. Your rhapsody about the desserts at your city's new restaurant has all of your friends drooling and dying to try them.

A rhapsody is also part of an epic poem that is suitable for reciting. The word comes from the Greek word rhapsodios, which means a person who recites epic poems, and whose root is rhaptein, meaning to stitch. A rhapsody is also a musical piece noted for its improvisational nature and irregular form. Perhaps the most famous of this type of music is George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," composed in 1924.

Definitions of rhapsody
  1. noun
    a state of elated bliss
    synonyms: ecstasy, rapture
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    bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
    a state of extreme happiness
  2. noun
    the expression of excessive emotion, enthusiasm, or pleasure
    synonyms: effusiveness, expansiveness, expansivity
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    the trait of being communicative
  3. noun
    an improvisational and emotional musical composition with an irregular form
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    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  4. noun
    an epic poem adapted for recitation
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    type of:
    epic, epic poem, epos, heroic poem
    a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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