sib·​i·​lance ˈsi-bə-lən(t)s How to pronounce sibilance (audio)
: a sibilant quality or sound

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On the other side, there’s a high-pass (or low cut) filter for taming sibilance with a choice of 50Hz and 120Hz. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 In it, a man dressed as a proto-millennial female — hair in Hollywood waves, slight sibilance, exquisite vocal fry — delivered quick-cut punch lines in rapid succession. Alessandra Colaianni, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 The highs are very detailed, and that makes for shiny cymbals and good sibilance. Christian De Looper, BGR, 21 June 2022 Meanwhile, the treble shone through clearly but never displayed signs of sibilance or appeared splashy. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Martín’s concerto opened with violins, violas and cellos softly drawing bows across their strings, producing a quiet sibilance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Cymbals sound shimmery, while things like percussion and vocal sibilance are detailed and clear. Christian De Looper, BGR, 18 Feb. 2022 The balanced armature in the Solaris X is smaller than the driver in Campfire’s original Solaris IEM with a performance that extends high frequencies without sibilance or the fatigue caused by the distortion of upper frequencies. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The midrange brings great clarity to the vocals, while the treble is crisp and defined but without ever straying into sibilance or harshness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sibilance was in 1823

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“Sibilance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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