fric·​a·​tive | \ ˈfri-kə-tiv How to pronounce fricative (audio) \

Definition of fricative

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

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Other Words from fricative

fricative adjective

Examples of fricative in a Sentence

The sounds v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ h/ are English fricatives.
Recent Examples on the Web The plosives and fricatives of a complex word, the specific place your lips meet or don't to shape and push out a puff of air that carries a sound. Julie Muncy, Wired, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fricative

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fricative

Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare

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The first known use of fricative was in 1863

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“Fricative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fricative

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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