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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.
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

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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