Definitions

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

  • adj. Richly melodious; tuneful: "Edward R. Murrow's canorous broadcasts of the blitz of London” ( Newsweek).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. melodious
  • adj. resonant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Melodious; musical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Musical; tuneful.

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

  • adj. richly melodious

Etymologies

From Latin canōrus, from canor, tune, from canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin canōrus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The hopeless, huddled attitude of tramps in doorways; the flinching gait of barefoot children on the icy pavement; the sheen of the rainy streets towards afternoon; the meagreanatomy of the poor defined by the clinging of wet garments; the high canorous note of the

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • The dull life at Oxford was varied by the occasional visit of a mesmeric lecturer; and one youth caused peals of canorous laughter by walking round in a pretended mesmeric sleep and kissing the pretty daughters of the dons.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • The groom was in the utmost alarm, both on his own account and on mine, but, in spite of this, so irresistibly had the sense of the ludicrous in this unhappy contretemps taken possession of his fancy, that he sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter, that might have wakened the Seven Sleepers.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • Have you a friend in the army, especially one who sings occasionally, or if he be not canorous, say a friend who likes to read songs and hear them sung by others?

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • The language, which is derived chiefly from Latin, is thence in such a way derived as to have lost the regularity and stateliness of its ancient original, without having compensated itself with any richness and sweetness of sound peculiarly its own; like, for instance, that canorous vowel quality of its sister derivative, the Italian.

    Classic French Course in English

  • In a twinkling his rifle was at his shoulder, and through the wild canorous note of the wind, Stane caught his hail.

    A Mating in the Wilds

  • Yet here and there, through the ghostly twilight, comes the sound of some clear voice that has defied the courses of the years and the mutations of taste; and we hear the rich canorous tones of Gluck, not, perhaps, with all the vigour and the passion that once was theirs, but with the mellowed splendour given by the touch of time.

    Among the Great Masters of Music Scenes in the Lives of Famous Musicians

  • We presume that there was nothing whatever to have prevented him from concocting as many ballads as he chose; or from engaging, as engines of popular promulgation, the ancestors of those unshaven and raucous gentlemen, to whose canorous mercies we are wont, in times of political excitement, to intrust our own personal and patriotic ditties.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847

  • She would solicit thus, canorous of phrase, a fan of her cardboard likenesses held out, invitational.

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It

  • But the other Paris, the Paris of the canorous night, the Paris of the

    Europe After 8:15

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  • "Entre nous, her exuberant flaunting, her canorous bays, are they not in fact . . . symphonies?"
    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 16

    September 16, 2013