ca·​no·​rous | \ kə-ˈnȯr-əs How to pronounce canorous (audio) , ˈka-nə-rəs \

Definition of canorous

: pleasant sounding : melodious Nightingales are canorous birds.

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Other Words from canorous

canorously adverb
canorousness noun

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In Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), the essayist Thomas de Quincey describes a manservant who, after accidentally letting a loaded trunk fall down a flight of stairs, "sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter." "Canorous" typically describes things, such as church choirs or birds in the spring, that are a pleasure to listen to. It derives from the Latin verb canere ("to sing"), a root it shares with a number of words that evoke what is sweet to the ear, such as "chant," "canticle," "cantor" (a leader of a choir), "carmen" (a song, poem, or incantation) and even "accent."

Examples of canorous in a Sentence

a canorous chorus of birdsong filled the morning air

First Known Use of canorous

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canorous

Latin canorus, from canor melody, from canere to sing — more at chant

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The first known use of canorous was in 1646

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“Canorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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