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\

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Echoes of King’s sonorous voice find their way into the demands of today’s Black activists, who understand the full radical power of his ideas. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "New Orleans’ Underpaid, Overexposed Sanitation Workers," 29 June 2020 His writer, Jon Favreau, wrote sonorous lines for Obama. TheWeek, "Secret life of an anonymous speechwriter to the stars," 17 May 2020 Acclaimed cellist John Lutterman will explore the range of the cello, from dark and sonorous to bright and expressive. Anchorage Daily News, "Jazz up your week with these events: EVAN GIIA, Chicago the Musical and the Doo Wop Project," 13 Feb. 2020 This sonorous, authoritative biography makes no empty claim to definitiveness. Benjamin Schwarz, New York Times, "Seeing Margaret Thatcher Whole," 12 Nov. 2019 About my only complaint is that the car isn't nearly as sonorous as the old RS7, but I'm told a slightly louder exhaust is planned for the US market. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Audi RS7—our all-time favorite fastback just got even better," 24 Sep. 2019 The sonorous rumble of a sousaphone laid down the low end, while cymbals, hi-hats, snare drums and bass drum offered the dynamic beats that elevate dance-floor denizens like a drug. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019 Both gurgle beneath the writer’s sonorous and captivating prose. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Leslie Jamison gets personal in ‘Make It Scream, Make It Burn’," 29 Sep. 2019 Zawe Ashton is particularly deft at using the silences as ramps into and out of sonorous line deliveries. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Experiments with Context in “Betrayal” and “Eureka Day”," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Sonorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sonorous

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


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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