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[suh-nawr-i-tee, -nor-] /səˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-/
noun, plural sonorities.
the condition or quality of being resonant or sonorous.
Origin of sonority
1515-25; < Medieval Latin sonōritās < Late Latin: melodiousness, equivalent to Latin sonōr(us) (see sonorous) + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It increased the power of the voices and lent them a sonority difficult to believe.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • Where was the sonority in the metallic, crushing blows you dealt in the Liszt Ballade?

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • The hymn began to repeat itself, the individual words lost in the sonority of the hall.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • By this means a great gain was made in richness and sonority.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • sonority or tone was varied by changing the keys or register just as on the organ.

  • The last ensemble is exquisite—well-nigh unapproachable in sonority and charm.

  • For, by omitting this note you do alter the tone colour of the chord as well as its sonority.

    Piano Playing Josef Hofmann
  • Vitellius noticed that one of these was larger than the others, and that when struck by his foot it had not their sonority.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • From far up the avenue came the boom of an ox-horn, militant, almost brazen in its sonority.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • We may indicate the sonority very roughly by lines; if we connect their top ends, we shall obtain a curve.

Word Origin and History for sonority

1620s, from French sonorité and directly from Latin sonoritas "fullness of sound," from sonorus (see sonorous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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