Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several trumpet-shaped, ciliate protozoans of the genus Stentor, living in dark freshwater pools and feeding chiefly on smaller microorganisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person with a powerful or stentorian voice
  • n. A howler monkey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A herald, in the Iliad, who had a very loud voice; hence, any person having a powerful voice.
  • n. Any species of ciliated Infusoria belonging to the genus Stentor and allied genera, common in fresh water. The stentors have a bell-shaped, or cornucopia-like, body with a circle of cilia around the spiral terminal disk. See Illust. under Heterotricha.
  • n. A howling monkey, or howler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person having a very powerful voice.
  • n. In mammalogy: The ursine howler, Mycetes ursinus, a platyrrhine monkey of South America; an alouate; any species of Mycetes. See cut under howler.
  • n. [capitalized] The genus of howlers: same as Mycetes.
  • n. In Protozoa: A trumpet-animalcule, or so-called funnel-like polyp.
  • n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Stentoridæ, of elongate, trumpetlike, or infundibuliform figure, with rounded peristome.

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

  • n. any of several trumpet-shaped ciliate protozoans that are members of the genus Stentor
  • n. a speaker with an unusually loud voice
  • n. the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes

Etymologies

After Stentor, a Greek herald.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Stentōr, from Ancient Greek Στέντωρ (Stentor), the name of a herald in the Iliad who had a loud voice. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fond of a drink, which may have been the cause of her loud behaviour, Elizabeth was described as Amazonian, of huge size, with masculine features and the voice of a stentor.12 It seems clear to us in the twenty-first century that Charlotte and Elizabeth were harmless eccentrics who certainly did not belong in a mental hospital, or even in custody.

    Bedlam

  • Once more opening his mouth and shutting his eyes, and laughing like a stentor, Kit gradually backed to the door, and roared himself out.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • November 30th, 2004 at 4:39 pm i agree with stentor and mythago, and posted a response on my blog much more wordy than the succinct comments :.

    Hereville page 18 is up!

  • “A stentor, me ignorant broth of a boy!” cried Mrs. Tarleton, aping his brogue.

    Gone with the Wind

  • He was a fine, big, broad-shouldered west-countryman with the voice of a stentor; and, although he was dressed in a somewhat shabby old uniform coat and had his trousers tucked into his boots, he looked every inch a gentleman, as he was, indeed, not only by birth, but by breeding.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • English freedom has degenerated into the rudest licence, and it is not uncommon in the midst of the most affecting part of a tragedy, or the most charming cadenza of a singer, to hear some coarse expression shouted from the gallery in a stentor voice.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Young and ardent, with courage as unique as his ubiquity, he blustered in like a whirlwind, brushing P. Sybarite to one side, the wounded boy to the other, and pausing only a single instant to throw back the skirts of his tunic and grasp the butt of the revolver in his hip-pocket, demanded in the voice of an Irish stentor:

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

  • Why is that above all this cackle about prosperity can be heard the stentor tones of Markhanna's organ advising American workmen that they must come squarely down to the European wage level before they can hope for permanent employment?

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • They proclaimed in stentor tones and pigeon-English that would have broken the heart of Lindley Murray, that I was a defamer of womanhood -- while confessing that they didn't know whether I had ever mentioned a female.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10

  • The enormous locomotive-engine, with its driving-wheels that stood higher than a man's head, impressed him mightily, for all that the monster's burning heart had grown cold and its stentor breathing had been hushed forever.

    The Doomsman

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  • sTENtOR

    June 15, 2008

  • In Greek mythology, Stentor (Στεντω�?) was a herald of the Greek forces during the Trojan War. His name has given rise to the adjective meaning loud-voiced, for which he was famous. Homer said his "voice was as powerful as fifty voices of other men".

    October 31, 2007