noun vow·el \ˈva(-ə)l\

: a speech sound made with your mouth open and your tongue in the middle of your mouth not touching your teeth, lips, etc.

: a letter (such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in English) that represents a vowel

Full Definition of VOWEL

:  one of a class of speech sounds in the articulation of which the oral part of the breath channel is not blocked and is not constricted enough to cause audible friction; broadly :  the one most prominent sound in a syllable
:  a letter or other symbol representing a vowel —usually used in English of a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y

Origin of VOWEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French vowele, from Latin vocalis — more at vocalic
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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

Rhymes with VOWEL

VOWEL Defined for Kids


noun vow·el \ˈva-əl\

Definition of VOWEL for Kids

:  a speech sound (as \ə\, \ā\, or \\) produced without obstruction in the mouth
:  a letter (as a, e, i, o, u) representing a vowel
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