euphony

[ yoo-fuh-nee ]
/ ˈyu fə ni /

noun, plural eu·pho·nies.

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.

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Nearby words

  1. euphonic,
  2. euphonious,
  3. euphoniously,
  4. euphonium,
  5. euphonize,
  6. euphorbia,
  7. euphorbia pilulifera,
  8. euphorbiaceous,
  9. euphoretic,
  10. euphoria

Origin of euphony

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

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British Dictionary definitions for euphony

euphony

/ (ˈjuːfənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

the alteration of speech sounds, esp by assimilation, so as to make them easier to pronounce
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

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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