Pronunciation: (mel'u-dē),[key] —n., —pl.-dies. 1. musical sounds in agreeable succession or arrangement.
2. Music. a. the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
b. the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
c. a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
3. a poem suitable for singing.
4. intonation, as of a segment of connected speech.
Pronunciation: (mel'u-dē),[key] —n. a female given name.