What Does Philharmonic Mean?

Feb 27, 2013

We’ve all heard the word “philharmonic” used in connection with orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  But do you know what it actually means? 

“Philharmonic” is from the Greek philos, meaning “loving”, and ta harmonika, meaning “theory of harmony.”  Literally, it means “loving harmony” or “devoted to music.”  Makes sense it’s used so often.