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

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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 Previous SlideNext Slide The first trailer dropped last month, featuring a sonorous voiceover by Bloom's Philo that mostly lays out more details of this fantastical brave new world. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tensions rise between humans, mythical creatures in new Carnival Row trailer," 6 Aug. 2019 Here's to hoping for many more sonorous clanks in the future. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Texas Breast Cancer Patient Accidentally Breaks "Cancer-Free" Bell," 22 July 2019 The solemn orchestral chords that opened the performance – when the night was still dry – quickly yielded to sonorous utterances from the chorus (directed by Christopher Bell). Howard Reich,, "Reviews: Jazz Institute’s 50th; Grant Park Orchestra’s ‘Missa Solemnis’; ‘Flower of Hawaii’," 30 June 2019 David Pittsinger is a professorial Seneca, with a sonorous bass. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 And no composer before or since has equaled his understanding of the sonorous bass resonance of the piano. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 Fanfares were broad, dignified and sonorous, without roughness. Alan Artner,, "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

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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

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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