fricative

noun fric·a·tive \ ˈfri-kə-tiv \

Definition of fricative

:a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract

fricative

adjective

Examples of fricative in a Sentence

  1. The sounds v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ h/ are English fricatives.

Origin and Etymology of fricative

Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare


FRICATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

fricative

noun

Definition of fricative for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : a sound made by forcing air out of your mouth through a narrow opening that is made using the lips, teeth, or tongue


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