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sonorous

Definition:

full, loud, and deep

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

sonority | sonorousness

Derivative:

sonorously

Comparative:

more sonorous

Superlative:

most sonorous

Similar to:

full

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a herald chosen for his sonorous voice

Synonyms:

heavy

Etymology:

Latin sonorus "resounding", from sonor (genitive sonoris) "sound, noise", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Sonority hierarchy | sonority scale

a ranking of speech sounds by amplitude. For example, if you say the vowel, you will produce a much louder sound than if you say the stop. Sonority hierarchies are especially important when analyzing syllable structure; rules about what segments may ... (41 of 627 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Sonority hierarchy

Collins Dictionary:

sonorous | grandiloquent [synonym, sense-specific]

producing or capable of producing sound | (of language, sound, etc) deep or resonant | (especially of speech) high-flown; grandiloquent (18 of 410 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sonorous

Merriam-Webster:

sonorous | blaring [synonym, sense-specific] | blasting [synonym, sense-specific] | booming [synonym, sense-specific] | clamorous [synonym, sense-specific] | clangorous [synonym, sense-specific] | deafening [synonym, sense-specific] | earsplitting [synonym, sense-specific] | piercing [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

producing sound (as when struck) | full or loud in sound | imposing or impressive in effect or style | having a high or an indicated degree of ... (25 of 158 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sonorous

American Heritage Dictionary:

sonorous | sonorously [adverb, related] | sonorousness [noun, related]

Having or producing sound. | Having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound. | Impressive in style of speech | also (sōˈnər-əs) Produced in the ... (23 of 134 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sonorous

Oxford Dictionary:

sonorous | sonorously [derived] | sonorousness [derived]

(of a person's voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full | capable of producing a deep or ringing sound | (of a speech or style) using imposing ... (26 of 94 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sonorous

New World Dictionary:

sonorous | sonorously [adverb, related] | sonorousness [noun, related]

producing or capable of producing sound, especially sound of full, deep, or rich quality; resonant | full, deep, or rich: said of sound | having a ... (24 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sonorous

Wiktionary:

sonorous | sonourous [rare, sense-specific]

Capable of giving out a deep, resonant sound. | Full of sound and rich, as in language or verse. | Wordy or grandiloquent. (21 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sonorous

Random House Dictionary:

sonorous

giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place. | loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound. | rich and ... (28 of 54 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sonorous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sonorous [literary] | sonorously [adverb, related]

a sound that is sonorous is deep and strong in a pleasant way (13 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sonorous

Cambridge Dictionary:

sonorous [formal] | sonorously [adverb, derived]

having a deep pleasant sound (5 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sonorous

Encarta Dictionary:

sonorous

producing or possessing sound | sounding with loud, deep, and clear tones | speaking, spoken, or expressed in a rich, full, and impressive manner (22 of 62 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710378​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sonorous

First use: 1610s

Origin: Latin sonorus "resounding", from sonor (genitive sonoris) "sound, noise", from sonare "to sound" (see "sound" (Noun1)).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sonorous

American Heritage Dictionary:

sonorous

Origin: From Latin sonōrus, from sonor, sound, from sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sonorous

New World Dictionary:

sonorous

Origin: Latin sonorus from sonor, a sound, din, akin to sonus, a "sound"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sonorous

Collins Dictionary:

sonorous

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin sonōrus loud, from sonor a noise

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sonorous

Oxford Dictionary:

sonorous

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin sonorus (from sonor "sound") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sonorous

Merriam-Webster:

sonorous

First use: 1611

Origin: Latin sonorus; akin to Latin sonus sound

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sonorous

Wiktionary:

sonorous

Origin: Latin sonorus from sonor sound.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sonorous

Encarta Dictionary:

sonorous

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin sonorus "noisy, loud" from sonor "sound" from sonare "make a sound"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710378​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

sonorous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sonorous"

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Collins Dictionary:

sonorous

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "sonorous"

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www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sonorous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sonorous [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sonorous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sonorous

Macmillan American Dictionary:

sonorous [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sonorous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sonorous

Cambridge Dictionary:

sonorous [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sonorous"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sonorous"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sonorous

the Free Dictionary:

sonorous

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sonorous"

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Google Dictionary:

sonorous

Audio: English pronunciation of "sonorous"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sonorous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sonorous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sonoro​02 word=sonorous

sonorous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sonorous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sonoro​01 word=sonorous

YourDictionary Audio:

sonorous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sonorous" by speech synthesizer

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