vowel
Pronunciation Noun

vowel (plural vowels)

  1. (phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
  2. (orthography) A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.
Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: voyelle
  • German: Vokal; (specifying letter vs. sound) Vokalbuchstabe
  • Italian: vocale
  • Portuguese: vogal
  • Russian: гла́сная
  • Spanish: vocal, letra vocal
Verb

vowel (vowels, present participle vowelling; past and past participle vowelled)

  1. (linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew or harakat in Arabic)
Synonyms


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