An example of something sonorous is the voice of James Earl Jones when he announces CNN or plays Darth Vader in Star Wars.
- producing or capable of producing sound, esp. sound of full, deep, or rich quality; resonant
- full, deep, or rich: said of sound
- having a powerful, impressive sound; high-sounding: sonorous prose
- Phonet. having a degree of resonant tonality: said esp. of vowels, semivowels, and nasals
Origin of sonorousClassical Latin sonorus from sonor, a sound, din, akin to sonus, a sound
- Having or producing sound.
- Having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound.
- Impressive in style of speech: a sonorous oration.
- Produced in the manner of a sonorant.
Origin of sonorousFrom Latin sonōrus from sonor sound from sonāre to sound ; see swen- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Traditionally, sonorous had been stressed on the second syllable, but the pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is now much more common in American English. In our 1995 survey, 84 percent of the Usage Panel gave (sŏn′ər-əs) as their pronunciation, and only 16 percent gave (sə-nôr′əs). Two linguists on the Panel noted that whereas they stress the first syllable, they pronounce it (sō′nər-əs), with a long o rhyming with toe .
(comparative more sonorous, superlative most sonorous)