so·no·rous | \ˈsä-nə-rəs, sə-ˈnȯr-əs \

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 : having a high or an indicated degree of sonority sonorous sounds such as \ä\ and \ȯ\

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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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In this score, Talma, who died in 1996, deftly combines spiky 12-tone writing with stretches of radiant violin lines that float atop sonorous piano harmonies. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 2018 The actor Kathleen Chalfant, seated between stage and musicians, reads all four poems with a quietly sonorous range of expression. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 The warmly sonorous strings and firmly cohesive brasses gave it their all on Thursday. John Von Rhein,, "Esa-Pekka Salonen wraps up CSO residency with an intense 'Transfigured Night'," 25 May 2018 This sonorous lower register gives voice to her bracing impatience with sentimentality and disingenuousness. Lev Grossman, New York Times, "Are Her Characters Seeing Things? Maybe. Maybe Not.," 5 Apr. 2018 Instead of telling a linear story and without the aid of a sonorous narrator, the show will be divided into sections celebrating the franchises that inspire the parks’ headline rides and lands. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando celebrates movies in new nighttime show," 22 June 2018 Critics described his voice as resonant, firm, sonorous and rock-solid. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, "Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85," 19 June 2018 But the action is all set to a sonorous, somber score by Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave) that counteracts the comedy. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Filthy Rich: The Power Plays of Succession," 2 June 2018 The entire church was filled with the deep, sonorous baritone of an older, barrel-chested man. Washington Post, "At 3, he lost his dad in a drive-by shooting. At 19, he’s mulling Juilliard for opera.," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sonorous

: having a sound that is deep, loud, and pleasant


so·no·rous | \sə-ˈnȯr-əs, ˈsä-nə-rəs\

Kids Definition of sonorous

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

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