Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or producing sound.
  • adj. Having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound.
  • adj. Impressive in style of speech: a sonorous oration.
  • adj. Produced in the manner of a sonorant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of giving out a deep, resonant sound.
  • adj. Full of sound and rich, as in language or verse.
  • adj. Wordy or grandiloquent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving sound when struck; resonant.
  • adj. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound.
  • adj. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant.
  • adj. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
  • adj. Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a cavity, deep-toned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving sound, as when struck; resonant; sounding.
  • Giving a loud or full-volumed sound; loud-sounding: as, a sonorous voice.
  • Having an imposing sound; high-sounding: as, a sonorous style.
  • Sonant: as, the vowels are sonorous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full and loud and deep

Etymologies

From Latin sonōrus, from sonor, sound, from sonāre, to sound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sonorus from sonor sound. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • None of which was made better by that infuriating custom, whereby the waiter, after delivering the plates, stands and describes what you are about to eat in sonorous and interminable phrases.

    The Smartest Hotel in the World

  • In some den of an apartment I will no doubt find the cockroach of enlightenment, a supralapsarian dispensationalist with whom I will share a love of Yeats and Brahms, and we will debate in sonorous and unending Spanish sentences of desultory, copious punctuation.

    Changes and Vicissitudes of the Unexamined Life « Unknowing

  • It would not be a very dramatic story had he said, in sonorous tones, "25 percent of our 8th grade students are 'below basic' in reading, and that figure includes students who are learning English and students with disabilities."

    Ravitch on how wrong 'Superman' really is

  • If the Planetary Society tends to exhort its more than 50,000 members in sonorous terms, conversation in the carriage house was speculative and playful.

    Across the Universe

  • The third canto to Polwhele's poem describes a Eastern-style hunt with a Nabob, alluding specifically to Somervile's treatment of the subject in "sonorous lines"

    Notes

  • Now Governor Lowe, with courtly manner and in sonorous tones, took up his part in the drama, beginning with the prisoner's alleged reckless youth as brought out in Miss Madison's testimony, mainly.

    Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice

  • "Here, the _Theseus_ -- here, the _Vanguard_;" as he spoke each name sonorous, --

    Ride to the Lady And Other Poems

  • The ear, whose conformation fits it to receive the various impulses of air, diversely modified, communicates to the brain the shocks or sensations; these breed the perception of sound, and generate the idea of sonorous bodies: it is this that constitutes _hearing_.

    The System of Nature, Volume 1

  • Americans, sons of revolutionary fathers, are to the slightest encroachments on their personal rights as citizens, and then recall the sonorous and everlasting oratory about constitutional rule, and arbitrary arrests, and military despotism, and star-chamber courts, and the ambitious schemes of the chief magistrate; when we remember how every city and hamlet of the North has been infected with discontented men, secretly sympathizing with the insurrection, and doing their utmost to discourage the people and paralyze the

    An Address in Commemoration of the Re-Establishment of the National Flag at Fort Sumter.

  • Clearfield's music has been described as an "undulating harmonic landscape punctuated by jagged ethnic rhythms" and has generated such adjectives as "sonorous," "taut," "vibrant,"

    Los Angeles Chronicle

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  • Another example to add: "Cassie closed her eyes, allowing the spiritual to coil through the her unquiet soul, and by the time the last echo of the last syllable had died away, she knew that no being, supreme or otherwise, had ever received a more sonorous send-off to the dark, icy gates of oblivion." From p. 355 of Morrow, James (1994). Towing Jehovah. New York: Harcourt.

    June 23, 2012

  • I love the sound of this word, coincidentally.

    August 30, 2007