Chord or Cord?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between chord and cord?
Chord is 3 or more music notes sounded together.
- I can play three chords on a guitar.
- Be careful not to tangle the phone cord.
ChordThe noun chord is a musical term that denotes a group of three or more notes sounded together. It is also used in geometry to denote a geometric line segment in a circle.
- One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz. (Lou Reed)
- I love the chord sequences in classical music. I often use that sort of effect in my solos. (Jon Lord)
CordThe noun cord refers to an electrical cable, a rope, or an anatomical structure (e.g., spinal cord, vocal cord).
- I invented the cordless extension cord. (Steven Wright)
- My guitars are my umbilical cord. They're directly wired into my head. (Kirk Hammett)