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vow•el /ˈvaʊəl/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  1. a speech sound, as/i/USA pronunciation ,/ʊ/USA pronunciation , or/ɑ/USA pronunciation , produced without stopping, blocking, or changing the path of the flow of air from the lungs.
  2. a letter or other symbol that represents a vowel sound, as, in English, a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.
  3. See -voc-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

vowel /ˈvaʊəl/ n
  1. 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
  2. a letter or character representing a vowel
Etymology: 14th 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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