American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Agreeable sound, especially in the phonetic quality of words.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Easy enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation which is pleasing to the sense; agreeable utterance. As a principle active in the historical changes of language, euphony is a misnomer, since it is ease of utterance, economy of effort on the part of the organs of speech, and not agreeableness to the ear, that leads to and governs such changes.
- n. Harmonious arrangement of sounds in composition; a smooth and agreeable combination of articulate elements in any piece of writing.
- n. Synonyms Euphony, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm. Euphony in style respects simply the question of pleasing sounds in the words themselves. Melody respects the succession of sounds, especially as affected by the pitch appropriate to the thought and required by the arrangement of clauses. Harmony respects the adaptation of sound to sense. Rhythm respects the emphasis—that is, the succession of emphatic and unemphatic syllables. In music melody respects the agreeable combination of successive sounds of various pitch, while harmony respects the agreeable blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch, the sounds in either case being from voices or musical instruments; thus, a song for children to sing must depend for its effect upon melody rather than harmony.
- n. A pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
- n. Good phonetic quality of certain words.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pleasing or sweet sound; an easy, smooth enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
- n. any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds
- From Ancient Greek εὐφωνία (euphōnia), from εὔφωνος (euphōnos). (Wiktionary)
- French euphonie, from Late Latin euphōnia, from Greek euphōniā, from euphōnos, sweet-voiced : eu-, eu- + phōnē, sound; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sa and Vaila reached Savaii, united their names also, and, for the sake of euphony, or, as they call euphony "lifting it easily," made it Savaii instead of Savaila.”
“In addition to its more commonly recognized senses, "euphony" also has a more specific meaning in the field of linguistics, where it can refer to the preference for words that are easy to pronounce; this preference may be the cause of an observed trend of people altering the pronunciation of certain words apparently in favor of sound combinations that are simpler and faster to say out loud.”
“He is devoted to reader empowerment like Keats was devoted to euphony.”
“The euphony of Brodsky's verse is irresistible in its ease and naturalness, and one finds oneself remembering lines and stanzas after no more than a couple of readings.”
“Its euphony and indefiniteness were a charm to him.”
“Its euphony and indefiniteness were a charm tohim.”
“Exempting microbrews from a beer tax is the most absurdly tone-deaf proposal the State Dems have come up with in a session that was short on euphony to begin with.”
“Composers and performers often changed their names for euphony, to fit the musical fashion, or to avoid stereotyping.”
“Notice the ways in which the problem/argument is posited in the octave and the solution/response is presented in the sestet; moreover, to further the problem/argument, Hopkins relies heavily upon cacophony in the octave but turns heavily to euphony in the sestet.”
“If so, the euphony is, for Conrad, not just thoroughly but almost allusively Romantic.”
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