making an echoing sound: a resounding thud.
uttered loudly: resounding speech.
impressively thorough or complete: a resounding popular success.

Origin of resounding

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at resound, -ing2
Related formsre·sound·ing·ly, adverb



verb (used with or without object)

to sound again.

Origin of re-sound

First recorded in 1895–1900; re- + sound1
Can be confusedre-sound resound



verb (used without object)

to echo or ring with sound, as a place.
to make an echoing sound, or sound loudly, as a metallic object: A gong resounded.
to ring or be echoed, as sounds.
to be celebrated or notably important: His name resounds in the pages of history.

verb (used with object)

to reecho (a sound).
to give forth or utter loudly.
to proclaim loudly (praise, disapproval, etc.).

Origin of resound

1350–1400; Middle English resounen < Middle French resoner < Latin resonāre, equivalent to re- re- + sonāre to sound1
Can be confusedrebound redound resoundre-sound resound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resounding

Contemporary Examples of resounding

Historical Examples of resounding

  • In the distance there were attacks upon walls, and we could hear the resounding shocks.

    The Flood

    Emile Zola

  • And seizing her in his arms he picked her up and gave her a resounding kiss.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The key grated in the lock, and Crispin answered it with a resounding snore.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I hit the deck with a resounding thud, and the cane came clattering after.

  • At that instant a dull but resounding thump was heard on the roof overhead.

British Dictionary definitions for resounding



clear and emphatic; unmistakablea resounding vote of confidence
full of or characterized by resonance; reverberatinga resounding slap
Derived Formsresoundingly, adverb


verb (intr)

to ring or echo with sound; reverberatethe hall resounded with laughter
to make a prolonged echoing noisethe trumpet resounded
(of sounds) to echo or ring
to be widely famoushis achievements resounded throughout India

Word Origin for resound

C14: from Old French resoner, from Latin resonāre to sound again



to sound or cause to sound again
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Word Origin and History for resounding

late 14c., present participle adjective from resound (v.). Figurative use from 1630s. Related: Resoundingly.



late 14c., resownen, from Old French resoner "reverberate" (12c., Modern French résonner), from Latin resonare "sound again, resound, echo," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Spelling influenced from mid-15c. by sound (v.). Related: Resounded; resounding.

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