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sibilant

adjective sib·i·lant \ ˈsi-bə-lənt \

Definition of sibilant

: 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

sibilantly

adverb

Examples of sibilant in a Sentence

  1. the sibilant hiss of a snake

Origin and Etymology of sibilant

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

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sibilant

noun

Definition of sibilant

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

First Known Use of sibilant

1788

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SIBILANT Defined for English Language Learners

sibilant

adjective

Definition of sibilant for English Language Learners

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


sibilant

noun

Definition of sibilant for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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sibilant

adjective sib·i·lant \ ˈsib-ə-lənt \

medical Definition of sibilant

: 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

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sibilant

noun

medical Definition of sibilant

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

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