chord Definition

a group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony.

Using chord: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "chord" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The song starts with a simple chord progression.

  • Example

    He played a beautiful chord on the piano.

  • Example

    The guitarist strummed the chords of the song.

  • Example

    The choir sang in perfect chord.

chord Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for chord

Phrases with chord

  • strike a chord

    to resonate emotionally with someone


    Her story about overcoming adversity really struck a chord with me.

  • a combination of notes that sound harsh or unpleasant together


    The discordant chord at the end of the song was intentional and added to the overall effect.

  • a two-note chord used in rock music that consists of the root note and the fifth


    The power chord is a staple of heavy metal and punk rock music.

Origins of chord

from Latin 'chorda', meaning 'string of gut or wire'


Summary: chord in Brief

A 'chord' [kɔːd] is a group of three or more notes played together to create harmony. It is a fundamental element of music, often used in guitar and piano playing. Phrases like 'strike a chord' and 'discordant chord' describe emotional resonance and unpleasant sounds, respectively.

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