- giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern.
- loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound.
- rich and full in sound, as language or verse.
- high-flown; grandiloquent: a sonorous speech.
Origin of sonorous
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Examples from the Web for sonorous
There was Radim Palouš, the sonorous philosophical godfather of Kampademia.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
At the end, the sonorous Welles concludes with a little talk about Halloween.When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It
October 29, 2013
Franklin Roosevelt's addresses in 1933 and 1937 remain alive, as does the sonorous rhetoric of John F. Kennedy's address in 1961.Why Inaugural Speeches Fail
January 21, 2013
The ancient cities, the dreamy harbors, the sonorous street names that no longer existed.Reading Nabokov to Nabokov
Lila Azam Zanganeh
February 29, 2012
In my youth, you heard, side-by-side, the church bells ringing and the beautiful, sonorous call to prayer of the muezzin.Wole Soyinka's British Problem
January 31, 2010
The young man's voice came with a sonorous firmness that was new to it.Within the Law
Her perfect health, and all her love of life, rang out in this sonorous gaiety.The Dream
In the sonorous emptiness of the place, there ensued a heated discussion.L'Assommoir
His voice is sweet and sonorous, his eyes are bright with intellect.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
The solemnity of the sonorous exhortation was water in her ears.The Paliser case
- producing or capable of producing sound
- (of language, sound, etc) deep or resonant
- (esp of speech) high-flown; grandiloquent
Word Origin and History for sonorous
1610s, from Latin sonorus "resounding," from sonor "sound, noise," from sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Related: Sonorously; sonorousness. Earlier was sonouse (c.1500), from Medieval Latin sonosus; sonourse "having a pleasing voice" (c.1400), from sonor + -y (2).