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sibilant

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adjective sib·i·lant \ˈsi-bə-lənt\

Simple Definition of sibilant

  • : making or having a sound like the letters s or sh

Full Definition of sibilant

  1. :  having, containing, or producing the sound of or a sound resembling that of the s or the sh in sash <a sibilant affricate> <a sibilant snake>

sib·i·lant·ly adverb

Examples of sibilant

  1. the sibilant hiss of a snake



Origin of sibilant

Latin sibilant-, sibilans, present participle of sibilare to hiss, whistle, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1669

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sibilant

noun sib·i·lant

Simple Definition of sibilant

  • : a sibilant sound (such as \ s \ or \ z \)

Full Definition of sibilant

  1. :  a sibilant speech sound (as English \s\, \z\, \sh\, \zh\, \ch(=tsh)\, or \j(=dzh)\)

1788

First Known Use of sibilant

1788

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