Coming from the Greek 'same-sounding'.
Literally, voices or instruments sounding together. The term, which originally applied to unison singing (for which monophony is now preferred), signifies part-writing in which there is a clear distinction between melody and accompanying harmony or in which all the parts move in the same rhythm (chordal style), as opposed to polyphonic treatment in which parts may move independently.

Ho*moph"o*ny (?), n. [Gr. : cf. F. homophonie.]


Sameness of sound.

2. Mus. (a)

Sameness of sound; unison.


Plain harmony, as opposed to polyphony. See Homophonous.


© Webster 1913.

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