Definition of stentor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstenˌtôr/ Pronunciation: /ˈstentər/


1 literary A person with a powerful voice.
Example sentences
  • The average radio collector may find this hard to believe or accept, but voice transmission broadcasting was not a child of the radio age and the first stentors were not found in the United States.
  • When all six stentors are present, they take turns of ten minutes each; if for any reason only two are on duty, a half hour is the extreme required of one reader.
2 Zoology A sedentary trumpet-shaped single-celled animal that is widespread in fresh water.
Example sentences
  • Terry and Diana Lee in Room 409 Diana took the video, and Terry found the two stentors with multiple nuclei.
  • This design may play a part in the marvelous ability of stentors to regenerate even when only a tiny fraction of the original individual is left intact.
  • Often, stentors will attach the lower portion of their pod to debris and assume the trumpet shape illustrated above.


Early 17th century: from Greek Stentōr, the name of a herald in the Trojan War.

Words that rhyme with stentor

centaur, mentor

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Syllabification: sten·tor

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