From French sonorité, from Latin sonoritas.
sonority (countable and uncountable, plural sonorities)
- The property of being sonorous.
- 1979, High Fidelity Musical America (volume 29, issue 2, page 127)
- Another quality that bothers me is Brendel's inconsistent sonority. The treble is hard and pingy; the midrange is weighed down with a booming bass.
- (linguistics, phonetics) Relative loudness (of a speech sound); degree of being sonorous.
2009, Ulrike Gut, Introduction to English Phonetics and Phonology, Bern: Peter Lang, ISBN 3631566158, page 81:
- It can be seen that vowels have the highest sonority of all phonemes in English, with low vowels being even more sonorous than high vowels.