[ plan-juh nt ]
/ ˈplæn dʒənt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for plangent


/ (ˈplændʒənt) /


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.

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