from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Agreeable sound, especially in the phonetic quality of words.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
- n. Good phonetic quality of certain words.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pleasing or sweet sound; an easy, smooth enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation of letters and syllables which is pleasing to the ear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Easy enunciation of sounds; a pronunciation which is pleasing to the sense; agreeable utterance.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds
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.