sibilant


1sib·i·lant

adjective \ˈsi-bə-lənt\

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

Full Definition of SIBILANT

:  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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2sibilant

noun

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

Full Definition of SIBILANT

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

First Known Use of SIBILANT

1788

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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