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 Sonus differentiated itself into numerous words in Latin and the Romance languages, many of which were also adopted into English (sound, sonnet, sonorous). Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 Hampton, who was raised in Chicago by parents who moved from Louisiana during the Great Migration, was known for his sonorous, idiosyncratic intonation. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 The captain, John Harry Smith, whose regular Messages from the Deck were piped into rooms and restaurants and cafes across the ship, had reassured people through the storm in a calm and sonorous British accent. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2020 Full-orchestral fortes were sonorous, but never overblown. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 18 Dec. 2020 The dialogue delivered originally in Mr. Prowse's West Country English accent was dubbed in post-production editing using the sonorous voice of American actor James Earl Jones. Louie Estrada, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2020 The result is a sonorous ode to the story behind the most wonderful time of the year. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2020 Where his folk recordings felt anguished and stormy, here the vocals are sonorous and slow, merging with mellow waves and pulses. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2020 His voice is more sonorous than ever, somehow gaining a deeper resonance without losing an inch of his razor-sharp tenor. Jordan Runtagh,, 31 July 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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