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clan·​gor ˈklaŋ-ər How to pronounce clangor (audio)
 also  -gər
: a resounding clang or medley of clangs
the clangor of hammers
clangorous adjective
clangorously adverb


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clangored; clangoring; clangors

intransitive verb

: to make a clangor

Examples of clangor in a Sentence

Noun the clangor of pots and pans coming from the kitchen as the cooks threw together an impromptu meal the clangor of a battle in the Middle Ages, as steel hit against steel a thousand times
Recent Examples on the Web
In the old hall, the orchestra was constricted by a low-ceilinged box that sent reflections pinging around the musicians, assaulting them with their own clangor. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2021 The clangor of the factory bell on the mill’s roof sends a bird into flight, signaling the start of another 10- to 12-hour workday for all four women. Helen A. Cooper, WSJ, 10 June 2022 Not the clangor of blades, nor a rousing drumbeat and song to keep our hearts aloft. Jess Grey, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 In France, the nonprofit Bruitparif estimated in a 2019 report that the clangor of roads, trains and planes reduced the lifespan of some residents of the Paris region by three years. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 In its place is a quiet that can allow us once again to think, communicate, solve problems and look ahead without having to first drown out the clangor. Brian Stelter, CNN, 25 Nov. 2020 The trio blasted through the scherzo, a quintessential Ivesian clangor that mashes together a whole sheaf of folk tunes and hymns. Zoë Madonna,, 3 July 2019 Smith got to walk heroically through the throng gathered at Independence Hall, ring the Bell to trigger the great national clangor, and be interviewed for the many stories the government’s war propaganda office set up. Stephen Fried, Smithsonian, 29 Apr. 2017

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Word History



Latin clangor, from clangere

First Known Use


1593, in the meaning defined above


1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clangor was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Clangor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a loud clanging noise

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