What is the Most Beautiful-Sounding Word in English?

atkins bookshelf wordsWith more than one million words to choose from, English certainly has many euphonious (beautiful-sounding) words. The editors of dictionary.com were curious which were the most beautiful-sounding words in English, so they turned to their readers. Hundreds of word-lovers responded to the query. The most frequently submitted word was serendipity. The euphonious word, meaning “making [desirable] discoveries, by accident and sagacity” was coined in 1754 by British historian Horace Walpole (1717-1797), inspired by the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip found in the poem Hasht-Bihisht written by  Amir Khusrow in 1302. One of the rarest words to show up in the list is nychthemeron, pronounced “NIK them a ron” and defined as a period of 24 hours, consisting of a day and night. Here are all the nominees for best-sounding English word (in alphabetical order):

cinnamon
epiphany
elysian
Elysium
fudge
languorous
lithe
nycthemeron
phosphorescence
scissors
serendipity
soliloquy
telephony
vivacious

Here are other contenders for most beautiful-sounding word:
amaranthine
effervescent
diaphanous
ephemeral
euphoria
ineffable
luminous
quintessence
rhapsody
saffron
ubiquitous

Read related posts: How Long Does it Take to Read a Million Words?
How Many Words in the English Language?
How Many Words Does the Average Person Speak in a Lifetime?
The Most Mispronounced Words
Common Latin Abbreviations
Words Invented by Dickens

For further reading: http://blog.dictionary.com/beautiful-sounding/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasht-Bihisht_(poem)

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