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symphony

sym·pho·ny

symphony

pronunciation:
sIm f ni
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part of speech: noun
inflections: symphonies
definition 1: a musical piece for an orchestra that has three or four movements.
definition 2: a concert orchestra; symphony orchestra.
We listened to the symphony's new CD.
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Symphony comes from an ancient Greek word that means "a sounding together."
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The word symphony contains the following parts:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.