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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. 2017.
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  • Again there was a clangor under hatches, and the suffering bearings shrieked.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • 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 clatter of the presses ceased suddenly, to be followed quickly by the clangor of hurrying fire-bells.

    Nibsy's Christmas Jacob A. Riis
  • The clangor waxed, beat about us with tremendous strokes of sound.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • The clangor of trumpets and horns at length announced the arrival of the knight.

    Fairy Tales From all Nations Anthony R. Montalba
  • As before, the clangor died, leaving in its wake a bewildered silence.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Here occurred a pause and revery, from which he was roused by the clangor of the church-bells.

  • But the hallooing and the clangor of the horns came nearer and nearer.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
  • He drove it against the metal and the clangor of its striking reverberated through the chamber.

    The Great Dome on Mercury Arthur Leo Zagat
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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