con·​tin·​u·​ant kən-ˈtin-yü-ənt How to pronounce continuant (audio)
: something that continues or serves as a continuation
: a speech sound (such as a fricative or vowel) that is produced without a complete closure of the breath passage compare stop
continuant adjective

Word History


continue + -ant entry 1

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of continuant was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Continuant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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