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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: symphonie, from Latin symphonia, from Greek, from symphonos 'sounding together', from syn- ( SYN-) + phone 'voice, sound'

symphony

noun
     
sym‧pho‧ny plural symphonies [countable]
1APM a long piece of music usually in four parts, written for an orchestra:
Bruckner's Fifth Symphony
2APM also symphony orchestra a large group of classical musicians led by a conductor
symphonic adjective
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