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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, early 17th century


(Of a person's voice or other sound) Imposingly deep and full.


Capable of producing a deep or ringing 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."

"I chose the narrator for the audiobook of my first novel based on his rich, sonorous voice."

About Sonorous

"Sonorous" is an adjective that applies 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. The noun form of this adjective is "sonority." That word has a specific usage in phonetics as well. Sonority occurs when there is no stressed syllable, but there is still a distinction between vowels and consonants.

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