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[suh-nawr-i-tee, -nor-]
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noun, plural so·nor·i·ties.
  1. the condition or quality of being resonant or sonorous.
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Origin of sonority

1515–25; < Medieval Latin sonōritās < Late Latin: melodiousness, equivalent to Latin sonōr(us) (see sonorous) + -itās -ity
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Related Words for sonority

noise, tone, vibration, accent, note, music, harmony, melody, voice, strength, din, ringing, softness, modulation, tenor, intonation, report, static, reverberation, pitch

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Historical Examples of sonority

  • Where was the sonority in the metallic, crushing blows you dealt in the Liszt Ballade?

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • By the 15th of October the voice of the patient had lost its sonority.

  • By this means a great gain was made in richness and sonority.

    Music: An Art and a Language

    Walter Raymond Spalding

  • It increased the power of the voices and lent them a sonority difficult to believe.

    The Ways of Men

    Eliot Gregory

  • The last ensemble is exquisite—well-nigh unapproachable in sonority and charm.

Word Origin and History for sonority


1620s, from French sonorité and directly from Latin sonoritas "fullness of sound," from sonorus (see sonorous).

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