Definition of "vowel" []

  • A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable. (noun)
  • A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel. (noun)
  • A voiced speech sound whose articulation is characterized by the absence of friction-causing obstruction in the vocal tract, allowing the breath stream free passage. The timbre of a vowel is chiefly determined by the position of the tongue and the lips (noun)

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  • A letter or character representing a vowel (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "vowel" in a sentence
  • "If the voice thus produced comes out through the mouth held well open, a class of sounds is formed which we call vowel sounds."
  • "Meanwhile the eh vowel is moving towards the short-u uh vowel so that ‘bed’ is starting to sound like ‘bud’."
  • "One of the main reason why you must NOT make a liaison after "et" (= 'and', pronounced "é") in front of a vowel is often to avoid nonsense and confusion."