Definition of fricative
: a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract
Examples of fricative in a Sentence
The sounds v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ h/ are English fricatives.
Origin and Etymology of fricative
Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare
First Known Use: 1863
FRICATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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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