Definition of Vowel

1. Noun. A speech sound made with the vocal tract open.

Exact synonyms: Vowel Sound
Generic synonyms: Phone, Sound, Speech Sound
Specialized synonyms: Ablaut, Diphthong, Schwa, Shwa, Stem Vowel, Thematic Vowel
Antonyms: Consonant
Derivative terms: Vocalic, Vocalic, Vowelize



2. Noun. A letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel.
Generic synonyms: Alphabetic Character, Letter, Letter Of The Alphabet
Specialized synonyms: Vowel Point
Derivative terms: Vocalic, Vocalic

Definition of Vowel

1. n. A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a consonant in that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 146-149.

2. a. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.

3. n. A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a consonant in that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 146-149.

4. a. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.

Definition of Vowel

1. Noun. (phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable. ¹

2. Noun. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are ''a'', ''e'', ''i'', ''o'' and ''u'', and sometimes ''y''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Vowel

1. a type of speech sound [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Vowel

vould
voulge
voulges
voulu
voussoir
voussoirs
voutsafe
voutsafed
voutsafes
vouvrays
vow
vow of chastity
vow of poverty
vowe
vowed
vowel (current term)
vowel harmony
vowel point
vowel quantity
vowel rhyme
vowel sound
vowel system
voweled
vowelisation
vowelisations
vowelise
vowelised
vowelises
vowelish
vowelism

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