Definition of polyphonism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɒlɪfəʊnɪz(ə)m/ /pəˈlɪfənɪz(ə)m/


  • 1Multiplication of sounds or voices; an instance of this.

    In early use especially with reference to an echo.

  • 2Music
    rare The use of polyphony; polyphonic style or composition; an instance of this.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Derham (1657–1735), Church of England clergyman and natural philosopher. From ancient Greek πολύϕωνος having many tones + -ism.