rho·​tic | \ ˈrō-tik How to pronounce rhotic (audio) \

Definition of rhotic

1 phonetics : of, relating to, having, or being an accent or dialect in English in which an /r/ sound is retained before consonants (as in pronouncing hard and cart) and at the end of a word (as in pronouncing car and far) a rhotic dialect/accent a rhotic speaker Arguably one of the greatest divisions in English is between rhotic and non-rhotic accents, which is to say our speech and accents are immediately distinguishable based on the pronunciation, or lack thereof, of /r/-like sounds.— Jordan MacKenzie
2 phonetics, of a vowel : influenced in coloring by an adjacent /r/ sound

Other Words from rhotic

rhoticity \ rō-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce rhoticity (audio) \ noun
The presence or absence of rhoticity usually provides an instant first indication of the regional speech of a given speaker. — Robert Burchfield

First Known Use of rhotic

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rhotic

rhot- (in rhotacism or rhotacize) + -ic entry 1

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“Rhotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhotic. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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