euphony

[yoo-fuh-nee]
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noun, plural eu·pho·nies.
  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

1615–25; < Late Latin euphōnia < Greek euphōnía. See eu-, -phony
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Related Words for euphony

sound, melody, accord, rhythm

Examples from the Web for euphony

Historical Examples of euphony

  • I have assumed it, therefore, as a title, as much from its antiquity as for its euphony.

  • I have retained several of the French names, on account of their measure and euphony.

    Athaliah

    J. Donkersley

  • “Swampville” was euphony, and “Mud Creek” soft music in comparison!

  • The question, however, is a question of euphony, rather than of aught else.

  • That is the name—and in the interest of euphony it is impossible not to regret the fact.

    Sophy of Kravonia

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for euphony

euphony

noun plural -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 for euphony

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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