for·​mant | \ ˈfȯr-mənt How to pronounce formant (audio) , -ˌmant \

Definition of formant

: a characteristic component of the quality of a speech sound specifically : any of several resonance bands held to determine the phonetic quality of a vowel

Examples of formant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So that means that when the pitch of the recording is shifted, the formants remain unaffected. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 15 May 2018 The first two formants, F1 and F2, are instrumental in being able to tell the different vowels apart. Fidel Martinez,, 16 May 2018 In the old playoff formant, the No. 7 seed would have been the Calgary Flames, who trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their first round series. Chad Graff, Twin Cities, 18 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'formant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of formant

1901, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About formant

Time Traveler for formant

Time Traveler

The first known use of formant was in 1901

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near formant




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for formant

Cite this Entry

“Formant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on formant Encyclopedia article about formant


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!