AskDefine | Define rhapsody

Dictionary Definition

rhapsody n : an epic poem adapted for recitation

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la rhapsodia, from etyl grc ῥαψῳδία.


  • a UK /ˈɹapsədi/
  • a US /ˈɻæpsədi/


  1. An ancient Greek epic poem (or part of one) suitable for uninterrupted recitation.
  2. A random collection or medley; a miscellany or confused string of stories, words etc.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, vol. 1 p. 138:
      This concerneth not those mingle-mangles of many kinds of stuffe, or as the Grecians call them Rapsodies, that for such are published [...].
  3. An exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
  4. An instrumental composition of irregular form often incorporating improvisation.

Extensive Definition

In art and literature, rhapsody may mean:
  • Rhapsody (music), an enthusiastic instrumental composition of indefinite form
  • Epic poem, or part of one, that is suitable for recitation at one time, such as a book of Homer's Odyssey
Rhapsody may also refer to:

Computer software

Contemporary entertainment

Use in phrasings

rhapsody in German: Rhapsody
rhapsody in Spanish: Rapsodia
rhapsody in French: Rhapsody
rhapsody in Korean: 랩소디
rhapsody in Italian: Rhapsody
rhapsody in Polish: Rhapsody
rhapsody in Japanese: ラプソディー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

classic, classical music, concert music, concertino, concerto, concerto grosso, drool, fustian, heaven, highfalutin, lexiphanicism, longhair music, rant, rapture, rave, rhapsodize, rhetoric, rodomontade, semiclassical music, seventh heaven, sinfonietta, symphonia, symphonic music, symphonic ode, symphony, tone poem, transport
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