Definition of homophonic in English:



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

    Often contrasted with polyphonic

    ‘Settings are for three or four voices, mainly syllabic and homophonic, with the melody in the top voice.’
    • ‘This homophonic choral music merged into now fully notated instrumental dance music, such as the famous collection assembled in 1557 by Attaignant.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2

    another term for homophonous

    ‘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.’



/ˌhäməˈfänik/ /ˌhɑməˈfɑnɪk/ /ˌhōməˈfänik/ /ˌhoʊməˈfɑnɪk/