so·​no·​rous | \ ˈsä-nə-rəs How to pronounce sonorous (audio) , sə-ˈnȯr-əs How to pronounce sonorous (audio) \

Definition of sonorous

1 : producing sound (as when struck)
2 : full or loud in sound a sonorous voice
3 : imposing or impressive in effect or style
4 phonetics : having a high or an indicated degree of sonority sonorous sounds such as \ä\ and \ȯ\

Other Words from sonorous

sonorously adverb
sonorousness noun

Examples of sonorous in a Sentence

He has a deep, sonorous voice. a sonorous waterfall that can be heard from a considerable distance
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First Known Use of sonorous

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sonorous

Latin sonorus; akin to Latin sonus sound

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so·​no·​rous | \ sə-ˈnȯr-əs How to pronounce sonorous (audio) , ˈsä-nə-rəs \

Kids Definition of sonorous

: loud, deep, or rich in sound : resonant a sonorous voice

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