sibilant

adjective
sib·i·lant | \ˈsi-bə-lənt \

Definition of sibilant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having, containing, or producing the sound of or a sound resembling that of the s or the sh in sash a sibilant affricate a sibilant snake

sibilant

noun

Definition of sibilant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sibilant speech sound (such as English \s\, \z\, \sh\, \zh\, \ch(=tsh)\, or \j(=dzh)\)

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Other Words from sibilant

Adjective

sibilantly adverb

Examples of sibilant in a Sentence

Adjective

the sibilant hiss of a snake

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Descriptions of the trend pioneered by the siblings were sibilant: soccer-style, sidewinder, sidesaddle. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 But Jones has just bumped through a remarkable house set, the room is as crowded as it's been all weekend and the German minimal techno DJ Michael Mayer is opening his set with a sibilant cluster of synths and dots of midrange melody. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Coachella by the hour: Weekend highlights from Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, Moodymann, Oh Sees and, oh yeah, Beyoncé," 23 Apr. 2018 When a semi-celebrity graduate of their program is mentioned, the girls hiss her name in sibilant wonder and envy. New York Times, "Review: ‘Dance Nation,’ the Power and the Terror of Girls at 13," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of sibilant

Adjective

1669, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sibilant

Adjective

Latin sibilant-, sibilans, present participle of sibilare to hiss, whistle, of imitative origin

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The first known use of sibilant was in 1669

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More Definitions for sibilant

sibilant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sibilant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: making or having a sound like the letters s or sh

sibilant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sibilant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sibilant sound (such as \ s \ or \ z \)

sibilant

adjective
sib·i·lant | \ˈsib-ə-lənt \

Medical Definition of sibilant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having, containing, or producing the sound of or a sound resembling that of the s or sh in sash a sibilant speech sound sibilant breathing sibilant rales

sibilant

noun

Medical Definition of sibilant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sibilant speech sound (as English \s\, \z\, \sh\, \zh\, \ch(=t + sh)\, or \j(=d + zh)\)

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