symphony

A symphony is the name of a type of classical music (a long, complex sonata) and the large orchestra that plays that music.

If you go to a concert hall to see a piece of Beethoven or another composer, you're going to hear a symphony — a type of complicated, orchestral music played by a symphony orchestra. A symphony usually includes strings, horns, drums, piano and has a conductor to lead the group by waving a baton. You can also use this word as a comparison: A gorgeous spring day could be called a symphony of beauty and new life.

Definitions of symphony
  1. noun
    a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra
    synonyms: symphonic music
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    type of:
    sonata
    a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
  2. noun
    a large orchestra; can perform symphonies
    “we heard the Vienna symphony
    synonyms: philharmonic, symphony orchestra
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    type of:
    orchestra
    a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players
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