Definition of homophonic in English:



  • 1Music
    Characterized by the movement of accompanying parts in the same rhythm as the melody.

    Often contrasted with polyphonic
    • ‘I also encourage students to focus on how the melody and harmony interrelate, particularly in homophonic textures.’
    • ‘The bass is commonly the second most important line in homophonic textures, for in combination with the soprano it provides the melodic/harmonic framework that is ‘fleshed out’ by the inner voices.’
    • ‘French choral music of this time is often in a deceptively simple homophonic style.’
    • ‘This homophonic choral music merged into now fully notated instrumental dance music, such as the famous collection assembled in 1557 by Attaignant.’
    • ‘Settings are for three or four voices, mainly syllabic and homophonic, with the melody in the top voice.’
  • 2

    another term for homophonous (sense 2 of the adjective)
    • ‘However, Jared, Levy, and Rayner have recently presented evidence that phonological mediation (i.e., as measured by failure to detect homophonic word errors) is restricted to low-frequency words, and to relatively poor readers.’
    • ‘Now these are amusing errors, presumably secretarial in origin, but homophonic mistakes of this type have sometimes made their marks on the language.’