noun af·fri·cate \ˈa-fri-kət\

Definition of affricate

  1. :  a stop and its immediately following release into a fricative that are considered to constitute a single phoneme (such as the \t\ and \sh\ of \ch\ in choose)


play \a-ˈfri-kə-tiv, ə-\ noun or adjective

Origin and Etymology of affricate

probably from German Affrikata, from Latin affricata, feminine of affricatus, past participle of affricare to rub against, from ad- + fricare to rub — more at friction

First Known Use: 1876

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