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sonority

[suh-nawr-i-tee, -nor-] /səˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-/
noun, plural sonorities.
1.
the condition or quality of being resonant or sonorous.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Medieval Latin sonōritās < Late Latin: melodiousness, equivalent to Latin sonōr(us) (see sonorous) + -itās -ity
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  • Then you find the great violins also have a significant low-frequency component that defines the sonority and adds darkness.
  • The right-hand octaves in the higher register provide metallic brilliance, and the lower left-hand octaves a thunderous sonority.
  • Its sonority, contrasted with the cornet's may be considered as more brightly projected.
Word Origin and History for sonority
n.

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

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