from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance: heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
- n. The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
- n. A combination of discordant sounds.
- n. An unhealthy state of the voice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combination of discordant sounds; specifically, in rhetoric, a faulty choice or arrangement of words, producing inharmonious or discordant combinations of sounds, or too great frequency of such combinations as are for any reason unpleasant to the ear; also, the uncouth or disagreeable sound so produced: the opposite of euphony.
- n. In pathology, a depraved voice; an altered state of the voice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loud harsh or strident noise
- n. loud confusing disagreeable sounds
French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōniā, from kakophōnos, cacophonous; see cacophonous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cacophonie, from Ancient Greek κακοφωνία (kakophonia), from κακός (kakos, "bad") + φωνή (phonē, "voice"). (Wiktionary)