From French euphonie, from Ancient Greek εὐϕωνία (euphōnía), from εὐ- (eu-, prefix meaning ‘good, well’) + φωνή (phōnḗ, sound; (human) voice; discourse, speech) (from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (to say, speak)) + -ῐ́ᾱ (-íā, suffix forming feminine abstract nouns).[1] The English word is analysable as eu- +‎ -phony.



euphony (countable and uncountable, plural euphonies)

  1. A pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
    Antonym: cacophony
    • 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth, Chapter 8:
      Mandalay. In the name there was a euphony which beckoned to the imagination, yet this was the bitter, withered reality.
  2. Pleasant phonetic quality of certain words.
    When I hear you speak, I hear beautiful euphony.

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  1. ^ Compare “euphony, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “euphony, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.