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[yoo-fuh-nee] /ˈyu fə ni/
noun, plural euphonies.
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 Unabridged
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  • And not only did she stammer, But she used the kind of grammarThat is called, for sake of euphony, askew.

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

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • He, therefore, gave these characters the first names that euphony suggested, without any attempt at translation.

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

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • There is a class of persons who claim for Browning that his verse is really good verse, and that he was a master of euphony.

    Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman
  • These may in a great measure be traced to euphony combined with originality.

  • Generally the vowel e in this situation, is a connective, or introduced merely for the sake of euphony.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • These, and some other changes, are made for the sake of euphony.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • The termination is probably for euphony, but may represent achadh, a field.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • An example of the influence of euphony may be found in the adjective honest.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for euphony


noun (pl) -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
C17: from Late Latin euphōnia, from Greek, from eu- + phōnē voice
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Word Origin and History for euphony

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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