[ sohn ]
/ soʊn /


a unit for measuring the loudness of sound, equal to the loudness of a sound that, in the judgment of a group of listeners, is equal to that of a 1000-cycle-per-second reference sound having an intensity of 40 decibels.

Origin of sone

1945–50; < Latin sonus sound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sones

/ (səʊn) /


a subjective unit of loudness equal to that experienced by a normal person hearing a 1 kHz tone at 40 dB

Word Origin for sone

C20: from Latin sonus a sound
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