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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: rhapsodia, from Greek, from rhaptein 'to sew, stitch together' + oide 'song'

rhapsody

noun
     
rhap‧so‧dy plural rhapsodies [countable]
1APM a piece of music that is written to express emotion, and does not have a regular form:
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
2 formal an expression of eager and excited approval:
The performance was greeted with rhapsodies of praise.
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