Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century
(Mainly literary) (of a sound) loud, reverberating, and often melancholy.
Examples of Plangent in a sentence
"The gong provided a plangent accompaniment to the meditation."
"The music producer chose plangent instrumentation for the somber scenes."
Popularity Over Time
This word comes from the Latin “plangentem,” the present participle of “plangere,” meaning "to strike, beat."
Did you Know?
Several classic albums have been remastered using the Plangent Process Playback System, a state-of-the-art blend of digital and analog processing. For instance, when Errol Garner’s “Magician” album was remastered from its master tapes, this digitization process got closer to how Garner’s piano sounded in the room than any previous masters. Other albums that have undergone the Plangent Process include The Doors’ “Soft Parade,” The Rolling Stones’ “Charlie Is My Darling,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”