- sonourous (rare)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɒn.əɹ.əs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɑːn.ɚ.əs/, /ˈsoʊ.nə.ɹəs/
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- Capable of giving out a deep, resonant sound.
1837, Thomas Carlyle, “Mercury de Breze”, in Henry Duff Traill, editor, The French Revolution, a History, the Bastille, volume 2, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, The Third Estate, page 162:
- The Oath is redacted ; pronounced aloud by President Bailly, — and indeed in such a sonorous tone, that the cloud of witnesses, even outdoors, hear it, and bellow response to it.
- Full of sound and rich, as in language or verse.
1761, Joseph Addison, The Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq., Birmingham: John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson, OCLC 2078055, pages 32–33:
- For this reason the Italian opera seldom sinks into a poorness of language, but, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression.
1859 July 25, Edward Everett, “Rufus Choate. Tributes to the Memory of the Hon. Rufus Choate”, in The New York Times, page 2:
- There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian balance in his style. It is as often marked by a pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude.
- Wordy or grandiloquent.
- (linguistics, phonetics) Produced with a relatively open vocal tract and relatively little obstruction of airflow.
2001, Michael Dobrovolsky, “Phonetics: The Sounds of Language”, in William O'Grady, John Archibald, Mark Aronoff, and Janie Rees-Miller, editors, Contemporary Linguistics, →ISBN, page 21:
- Vowels are more sonorous (acoustically powerful) than consonants, and so we perceive them as louder and lasting longer.
capable of giving out a deep resonant sound
full of sound and rich, as in language or verse