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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



April 15th, 2015

Episode 167 of 923 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2015 is: stentorian \sten-TOR-ee-un\ adjective : extremely loud Examples: The foreman barked out his orders in a stentorian tone that could be heard clearly over the din of the factory's machinery. "[Lawrence] Tanter was the first voice to stand out among the bedlam when the Lakers came from behind to beat Boston in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals. He said simply in his stentorian way, 'Number 16.'" Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2015 Did you know? The Greek herald Stentor was known for having a voice that came through loud and clear. In fact, in the Iliad, Homer described Stentor as a man whose voice was as loud as that of fifty men together. Stentor's powerful voice made him a natural choice for delivering announcements and proclamations to the assembled Greek army during the Trojan War, and it also made his name a byword for any person with a loud, strong voice. Both the noun stentor and the related adjective stentorian pay homage to the big-voiced warrior, and both have been making noise in English since the early 17th century.

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