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Definition of "rhapsody" [rhap•so•dy]

  • Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing. (noun)
  • A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style. (noun)
  • A state of elated bliss; ecstasy. (noun)
  • Music A usually instrumental composition of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation. (noun)
  • An ancient Greek epic poem or a portion of one suitable for uninterrupted recitation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rhapsody" in a sentence
  • "September 13, 2005 15: 01 tom g: easy bohemain rhapsody by queen"
  • "What a piece of work is a man! they exclaim in rhapsody, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god, the beauty of the world!"
  • "Sound (aka rhapsody) was a Pratt and Whitney tuning up after a 240-hour check."