[plan-juh nt]


resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.

Origin of plangent

1815–25; < Latin plangent- (stem of plangēns), present participle of plangere to beat, lament. See plain2, -ent
Related formsplan·gen·cy, nounplan·gent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plangent

Historical Examples of plangent

  • Klyda gasped aloud at the horror of the plangent din, and she spun about to locate its cause.

  • And now, a solemn and plangent token of Oxford's perpetuity, the first stroke of Great Tom sounded.

    Zuleika Dobson

    Max Beerbohm

  • It seemed as large as the shell of a cathedral, and for organ there was the plangent, echoing sound of sea waves.

    The Air Pirate

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • A song fours down from the skies, a plangent song of triumph from the Moon.

  • Then from a point in the south came that warning, plangent cry of the evil bird.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for plangent



having a loud deep sound
resonant and mournful in sound
Derived Formsplangency, nounplangently, adverb

Word Origin for plangent

C19: from Latin plangere to beat (esp the breast, in grief); see plain ²
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Word Origin and History for plangent

"beating with a loud sound," 1822, from Latin plangentem (nominative plangens), present participle of plangere "to strike, beat" (see plague (n.)). Related: Plangently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper