euphony mid-15c., from M.Fr. euphonie, from L.L. euphonia, from Gk. euphonia "sweetness of voice," from euphonos "well-sounding," from eu- "good" (see EU- (Cf. eu-)) + phone "sound, voice," related to phanai "speak" (see FAME (Cf. fame)). Hence, euphonium (1865), the musical instrument. Related: Euphonic; euphonious.

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  • Euphony — Eu pho*ny, n.; pl. {Euphonies}. [L. euphonia, Gr. ?, fr. ? sweet voiced; e y^ well + ? sound, voice; akin to ? to speak: cf. F. euphonie.] A pleasing or sweet sound; an easy, smooth enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation of letters and syllables… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • euphony — ► NOUN (pl. euphonies) 1) the quality of being pleasing to the ear. 2) the tendency to make phonetic change for ease of pronunciation. DERIVATIVES euphonic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • euphony — [yo͞o′fə nē] n. pl. euphonies [Fr euphonie < LL euphonia < Gr euphōnia < euphōnos, sweet voiced, musical < eu (see EU ) + phōnē, voice: see PHONE1] 1. the quality of having a pleasing sound 2. pleasant combination of agreeable sounds… …   English World dictionary

  • euphony — /yooh feuh nee/, n., pl. euphonies. agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, esp. a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words: the majestic euphony of Milton s poetry. [1615 25; < LL euphonia < Gk euphonía. See …   Universalium

  • euphony — noun a) A pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear. When I hear you speak, I hear beautiful euphony. b) Good phonetic quality of certain words. Ant: cacophony …   Wiktionary

  • euphony — eufonia ит. [эуфони/а] euphonie фр. [эфони] Euphonie нем. [ойфони] euphony англ. [ю/фэни] благозвучие ◊ eufonico ит. [эуфо/нико] euphonic англ …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • euphony — noun (plural nies) Etymology: French euphonie, from Late Latin euphonia, from Greek euphōnia, from euphōnos sweet voiced, musical, from eu + phōnē voice more at ban Date: 1606 1. pleasing or sweet sound; especially the acoustic effect produced by …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • euphony — См. eufonìa …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • euphony — Synonyms and related words: accord, accordance, attune, attunement, balance, beauty, chime, chiming, concentus, concert, concinnity, concord, concordance, consonance, consonancy, consort, diapason, equilibrium, harmonics, harmony, heavy harmony,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • euphony — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. smoothness, harmoniousness, mellifluousness; see harmony 1 …   English dictionary for students

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