sonorous

adjective
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 : 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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Fanfares were broad, dignified and sonorous, without roughness. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, "In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak," 30 June 2018 Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri was a properly vicious High Priest, bass Dmitry Belosselskiy was a sonorous Old Hebrew, and the chorus turned in a solid performance after some early stage-pit miscommunications. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Samson et Dalila’ and ‘Aida’ Reviews: A New Direction Takes a Familiar Course," 1 Oct. 2018 The engine and exhaust has been tuned like a symphony orchestra—a sonorous roar punctuated by occasional percussive bursts. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 Paulie Gee's The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, with sonorous conversation and palpable charm. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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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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sonorous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sonorous

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

sonorous

adjective
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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