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[klang-er, klang-ger] /ˈklæŋ ər, ˈklæŋ gər/
a loud, resonant sound; clang.
clamorous noise.
verb (used without object)
to make a clangor; clang.
Also, especially British, clangour.
Origin of clangor
1585-95; < Latin: loud sound, noise, equivalent to clang(ere) to clang + -or -or1
Related forms
clangorous, adjective
clangorously, adverb
Usage note
See -our. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There were five or six others, whose names in the clangor of voices I did not hear.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • The clangor, the smoke and dust, the hurrying crowds, all worked into his mood.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin
  • There was the sound of horsery and the clangor and click of camera men without.

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • The clangor distracted the attention of the assailants, and a parley ensued.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The clangor waxed, beat about us with tremendous strokes of sound.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • As before, the clangor died, leaving in its wake a bewildered silence.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • But the hallooing and the clangor of the horns came nearer and nearer.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
  • All at once the old brass clock struck with the clangor of a bell.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • Clash of steel upon steel; the clangor and strident ring of battle.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
Word Origin and History for clangor

1590s, from Latin clangor "sound of trumpets (Virgil), birds (Ovid), etc.," from clangere "to clang," echoic (cf. clang).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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