continuant

noun
con·​tin·​u·​ant | \ kən-ˈtin-yü-ənt How to pronounce continuant (audio) \

Definition of continuant

1 : something that continues or serves as a continuation
2 : a speech sound (such as a fricative or vowel) that is produced without a complete closure of the breath passage — compare stop

Other Words from continuant

continuant adjective

First Known Use of continuant

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continuant

continue + -ant entry 1

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“Continuant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continuant. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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