su·​sur·​rus | \ su̇-ˈsər-əs How to pronounce susurrus (audio) , -ˈsə-rəs \

Definition of susurrus

: a whispering or rustling sound

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Other Words from susurrus

susurrant \ su̇-​ˈsər-​ənt How to pronounce susurrant (audio) , -​ˈsə-​rənt \ adjective

Examples of susurrus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dread creeps in; the ear instinctively fastens on anything, whether fire-hiss or bird call or susurrus of leaves, that will save it from this unknown emptiness. The Economist, "People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it," 17 May 2018 This aura suffuses every aspect of the production, including Lauren Helpern’s stylized woodland set; Isabella Byrd and Matt Frey’s crepuscular lighting and Leah Gelpe’s sound, which abounds in the susurrus of crickets. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Songs Say What a Family Can’t in ‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of susurrus

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for susurrus

Latin, hum, whisper — more at swarm

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The first known use of susurrus was in 1826

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“Susurrus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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