Origin of sonant
Examples from the Web for sonant
As if the 'internal evidence' of a poem containing no sonant final -e is not enough to condemn it at once.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
Surdimū′tism, the condition of being deaf and dumb; Surd′ity, want of sonant quality.
His hands moved quietly; his voice was clear and sonant; his words were few and polite.Life Immovable|Kostes Palamas
The sonant and the interval of each element were measured, and all the pauses except the stanza pause were recorded.
One, for example, gets the accent by a slight increase in intensity, but especially by a pause following the sonant.
Word Origin for sonant
1846, from Latin sonantem (nominative sonans), present participle of sonare "make a noise," (see sonata). As a noun from 1849.