[ kuh-kof-uh-nee ]
/ kəˈkɒf ə ni /

noun, plural ca·coph·o·nies.

harsh discordance of sound; dissonance: a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.

Origin of cacophony

1650–60; < New Latin cacophonia < Greek kakophōnía. See caco-, -phony


cac·o·phon·ic [kak-uh-fon-ik] /ˌkæk əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cacophony

/ (kəˈkɒfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

harsh discordant sound; dissonance
the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
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