[ sten-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr- ]
/ stɛnˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr- /


very loud or powerful in sound: a stentorian voice.

Origin of stentorian

First recorded in 1595–1605; Stentor + -ian
Related formssten·to·ri·an·ly, adverbun·sten·to·ri·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stentorian


/ (stɛnˈtɔːrɪən) /


(of the voice, etc) uncommonly loudstentorian tones
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Word Origin and History for stentorian



"of powerful voice," c.1600, from Stentor, legendary Greek herald in the Trojan War, whose voice (described in the "Iliad") was as loud as 50 men. His name is from Greek stenein "groan, moan," from PIE imitative root *(s)ten-, source of Old English þunor "thunder."

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