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euphony

[yoo-fuh-nee] /ˈyu fə ni/
noun, plural euphonies.
1.
agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, especially a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words:
the majestic euphony of Milton's poetry.
Origin of euphony
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin euphōnia < Greek euphōnía. See eu-, -phony
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euphony

/ˈjuːfənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the alteration of speech sounds, esp by assimilation, so as to make them easier to pronounce
2.
a pleasing sound, esp in speech
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin euphōnia, from Greek, from eu- + phōnē voice
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Word Origin and History for euphony
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French euphonie, from Late Latin euphonia, from Greek euphonia "sweetness of voice," from euphonos "well-sounding," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + phone "sound, voice," related to phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).

Hence, euphonium (1865), the musical instrument. Related: Euphonic; euphonious.

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