Definition of stentorian
: extremely loud spoke in stentorian tones
stentorian was our Word of the Day on 04/15/2015. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of stentorian in a Sentence
the professor's stentorian voice was enough to keep even the drowsiest student awake
Recent Examples of stentorian from the Web
But the music is drowned out by the stentorian instructions of volunteers in fluorescent green vests.
The television journalists with their trench coats and stentorian inflections.
Kalmar employed a musical saw, which gave just the right subtle color -- similar to that of a theremin - to help break from the stentorian pounding of the first and third movements.
But at times, McMaster, in a stentorian performance, almost seemed to be willing the administration onto better political ground with the strength of his rhetoric.
In this performance, the men of the impressive Westminster Symphonic Choir marched down the aisles of the hall, then stood there, in the midst of the audience, to sing that prayer with stentorian fervor.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stentorian'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
The Greek herald Stentor was known for having a voice that came through loud and clear. In fact, in the Iliad, Homer described Stentor as a man whose voice was as loud as that of fifty men together. Stentor's powerful voice made him a natural choice for delivering announcements and proclamations to the assembled Greek army during the Trojan War, and it also made his name a byword for any person with a loud, strong voice. Both the noun stentor and the related adjective stentorian pay homage to the big-voiced warrior, and both have been making noise in English since the early 17th century.
First Known Use of stentorian
Synonym Discussion of stentorian
STENTORIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stentorian for English Language Learners
: very loud
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up stentorian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).