spi·​rant ˈspī-rənt How to pronounce spirant (audio)
: a consonant (such as \f\, \s\, \sh\) uttered with friction of the breath against some part of the oral passage : fricative
spirant adjective

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin spirant-, spirans, present participle of spirare to breathe

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spirant was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Spirant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirant. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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