vowel

noun vow·el \ ˈvau̇(-ə)l \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of vowel

1 : one of a class of speech sounds in the articulation of which the oral part of the breath channel is not blocked and is not constricted enough to cause audible friction; broadly : the one most prominent sound in a syllable
2 : a letter or other symbol representing a vowel usually used in English of a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y

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Origin and Etymology of vowel

Middle English, from Anglo-French vowele, from Latin vocalis — more at vocalic

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VOWEL Defined for English Language Learners

vowel

noun

Definition of vowel for English Language Learners

  • : a speech sound made with your mouth open and your tongue in the middle of your mouth not touching your teeth, lips, etc.

  • : a letter (such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in English) that represents a vowel


VOWEL Defined for Kids

vowel

noun vow·el \ ˈvau̇-əl \

Definition of vowel for Students

1 : a speech sound (as \ə\, \ā\, or \ȯ\) produced without obstruction in the mouth
2 : a letter (as a, e, i, o, u) representing a vowel


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