[suh-nawr-uhs, -nohr-, son-er-uhs]


giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern.
loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound.
rich and full in sound, as language or verse.
high-flown; grandiloquent: a sonorous speech.

Origin of sonorous

1605–15; < Latin sonōrus noisy, sounding, equivalent to sonōr-, stem of sonor sound (son(āre) to sound1 + -or -or1) + -us -ous
Related formsso·no·rous·ly, adverbso·no·rous·ness, nounmul·ti·so·no·rous, adjectivemul·ti·so·no·rous·ly, adverbmul·ti·so·no·rous·ness, nounun·so·no·rous, adjectiveun·so·no·rous·ly, adverbun·so·no·rous·ness, noun

Synonyms for sonorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sonorously

Historical Examples of sonorously

  • He pronounced the inhibition lengthily and sonorously, so that the 'not' sounded like 'n-o-o-o-t!'

  • "Good-morning, Mrs. McChesney," returned Mr. Sims, sonorously.

  • To me it sounds like wherefore, wherefore, impressively and sonorously intoned.

  • "We have the honor to salute your highness," he said, sonorously.

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  • “I was wrong, grievously wrong, Captain Shore,” he said sonorously.

British Dictionary definitions for sonorously



producing or capable of producing sound
(of language, sound, etc) deep or resonant
(esp of speech) high-flown; grandiloquent
Derived Formssonority (səˈnɒrɪtɪ), nounsonorously, adverbsonorousness, noun

Word Origin for sonorous

C17: from Latin sonōrus loud, from sonor a noise
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Word Origin and History for sonorously



1610s, from Latin sonorus "resounding," from sonor "sound, noise," from sonare "to sound" (see sonata). Related: Sonorously; sonorousness. Earlier was sonouse (c.1500), from Medieval Latin sonosus; sonourse "having a pleasing voice" (c.1400), from sonor + -y (2).

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