sib·​i·​lance | \ ˈsi-bə-lən(t)s How to pronounce sibilance (audio) \

Definition of sibilance

: a sibilant quality or sound

Examples of sibilance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marciano has long been carrying the frame for lyrically loaded, East Coast Mafioso rap: grime and crime rhymes over throwback, soul-sampling beats, all with his distinct sibilance. Washington Post, "18 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 16 Dec. 2019 All this results in a consistently smooth and natural sound—provided the gain level is set correctly for the recording environment—with little hiss or sibilance. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 The high end can be a bit sharp with excessive sibilance on some recordings, but that’s my worst complaint. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite earbuds review: low price sacrifice," 7 Sep. 2018 The high end is nicely restrained, eschewing any sibilance or shouty peaks, and the midrange is given room to breathe. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Koss Porta Pro Wireless review: a classic mistake," 3 May 2018 The mid driver is for the vocal-type stuff, and the tweeter gets the high hats, sibilance, all that. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Best New Gadgets and Tech of 2017," 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sibilance

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Sibilance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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