sonorous

[ suh-nawr-uhs, -nohr-, son-er-uhs ]
/ səˈnɔr əs, -ˈnoʊr-, ˈsɒn ər əs /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. sonoma,
  2. sonometer,
  3. sonora,
  4. sonorant,
  5. sonority,
  6. sonorous rale,
  7. sonorously,
  8. sons and lovers,
  9. sons of freedom,
  10. sons of liberty

Origin of sonorous

1605–15; < Latin sonōrus noisy, sounding, equivalent to sonōr-, stem of sonor sound (son(āre) to sound1 + -or -or1) + -us -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for sonorously

sonorous

/ (səˈnɔːrəs, ˈsɒnərəs) /

adjective

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

sonorous

adj.

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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