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

Dictionary Entries Near non-rhotic

Cite this Entry

“Non-rhotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?