stentorian

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

adjective

very loud or powerful in sound: a stentorian voice.

Nearby words

  1. stenotypy,
  2. stenoxenous,
  3. stensen's duct,
  4. stent,
  5. stentor,
  6. stentorious,
  7. stentoriously,
  8. step,
  9. step aerobics,
  10. step aside

Origin of stentorian

First recorded in 1595–1605; Stentor + -ian

Related formssten·to·ri·an·ly, adverbun·sten·to·ri·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for stentorian

stentorian

/ (stɛnˈtɔːrɪən) /

adjective

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

stentorian

adj.

"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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