/rap"seuh dee/, n., pl. rhapsodies.
1. Music. an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation.
2. an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm.
3. an epic poem, or a part of such a poem, as a book of the Iliad, suitable for recitation at one time.
4. a similar piece of modern literature.
5. an unusually intense or irregular poem or piece of prose.
6. Archaic. a miscellaneous collection; jumble.
[1535-45; < L rhapsodia < Gk rhapsoidía recital of epic poetry, equiv. to rhapsoid(ós) RHAPSODIST + -ia -Y3]

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