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[suh-nawr-uh s, -nohr-, son-er-uh s] /səˈnɔr əs, -ˈnoʊr-, ˈsɒn ər əs/
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
1605-15; < Latin sonōrus noisy, sounding, equivalent to sonōr-, stem of sonor sound (son(āre) to sound1 + -or -or1) + -us -ous
Related forms
sonorously, adverb
sonorousness, noun
multisonorous, adjective
multisonorously, adverb
multisonorousness, noun
unsonorous, adjective
unsonorously, adverb
unsonorousness, noun
4. eloquent, florid, grandiose, orotund. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sonorously
Historical Examples
  • He pronounced the inhibition lengthily and sonorously, so that the 'not' sounded like 'n-o-o-o-t!'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • "Good-morning, Mrs. McChesney," returned Mr. Sims, sonorously.

    Americans All Various
  • To me it sounds like wherefore, wherefore, impressively and sonorously intoned.

  • "We have the honor to salute your highness," he said, sonorously.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • “I was wrong, grievously wrong, Captain Shore,” he said sonorously.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant

    Ben Ames Williams
  • Apart from their spirit the lines of this poet are sonorously beautiful.


    James Huneker
  • Haraden stood with watch in hand and sonorously counted off the minutes.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
  • "Prepare yourself, dear Lady Newhaven," he said, sonorously.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
  • We had a great church bell and it was ringing, loudly, sonorously.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • The hours went by, sounding slowly, sonorously, and sadly from the cathedral clock.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for sonorously


/səˈnɔːrəs; ˈsɒnərəs/
producing or capable of producing sound
(of language, sound, etc) deep or resonant
(esp of speech) high-flown; grandiloquent
Derived Forms
sonority (səˈnɒrɪtɪ) noun
sonorously, adverb
sonorousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sonōrus loud, from sonor a noise
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Word Origin and History for sonorously



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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