WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 vow•el /ˈvaʊəl/
USA pronunciation n. [countable ]
Phoneticsa speech sound, as /i/ , USA pronunciation /ʊ/ , or USA pronunciation /ɑ/ , produced without stopping, blocking, or changing the path of the flow of air from the lungs. USA pronunciation Phoneticsa letter or other symbol that represents a vowel sound, as, in English, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y. See
. -voc- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 vow•el
(vou ′əl), n.
[Phonet. ] (in English articulation) a speech sound produced without occluding, diverting, or obstructing the flow of air from the lungs (opposed to consonant).
(in a syllable) the sound of greatest sonority, as i in grill. Cf. consonant (def. 1b).
(in linguistic function) a concept empirically determined as a phonological element in structural contrast with consonant, as the (ē) of be (bē), we (wē), and yeast (yēst).
Linguistics, Phoneticsa letter representing or usually representing a vowel, as, in English, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. adj.
Phoneticsof or pertaining to a vowel.
Latin vōcālis vocal Old French vowel Middle English 1275–1325
vow ′el•less, adj.
vow ′el•like′, adj.
vow ′el•y, vow ′el•ly, adv.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
vowel / ˈvaʊəl/ n 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 a letter or character representing a vowel Etymology: 14 th Century: from Old French vouel, from Latin vocālis littera a vowel, from vocālis sonorous, from vox a voice ˈvowel-ˌlike adj
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