Definition of canorous
: pleasant sounding : melodious
Examples of canorous in a sentence
<a canorous chorus of birdsong filled the morning air>
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of canorous
Latin canorus, from canor melody, from canere to sing — more at chant
First Known Use: 1646
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