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). The English word is analysable as eu- + -phony.
- 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.
- Pleasant phonetic quality of certain words.
- When I hear you speak, I hear beautiful euphony.
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