Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 17th century
Capable of producing or giving out a sound
Resonant and deep in sound
Examples of Sonorous in a sentence
"The highlight of the hike was the sonorous cave, which produced a ringing echo from the hiker’s shouts."
"He was selected to give the opening speech thanks to his imposing, sonorous voice."
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"Sonorous" is an adjective applying to sound, usually of a full and imposing nature. It comes from the Latin word for sound, "sonor." Pull out this regal adjective when the tones need appropriate weight for the description. We’re talking ringing gongs, not bird chirps.
Did you Know?
Sonorous can be used to describe the quality of a sound — think ringing clock bells, or a booming, deep voice — but it can also be used to describe a specific phonetic sound. When there is no stressed syllable, there’s still distinctness between vowels and consonants. This is sonority, and certain vowels can have a sonorous quality.