non-rho·​tic ˈnän-ˈrō-tik How to pronounce non-rhotic (audio)
: not rhotic : of, relating to, having, or being an accent or dialect in English in which an /r/ sound is not retained before consonants (as in pronouncing hard and cart) and at the end of a word (as in pronouncing car and far)
a non-rhotic dialect/accent/speaker

Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-rhotic was in 1968

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“Non-rhotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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