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
Recent Examples of vowel from the web
Studies commonly cite more than 100 consonants, and some say there are as many as 164 consonants and 44 vowels.
Linguists say the regional dialect emerged during the New High German Diphthongization in the Middle Ages, when south-westerners spun off their own approach to vowels.
That’s the crux of Shaw’s presciently modern plot, which in part uses vowels to examine class differences, with a feminist angle.
Oal-é is often jokingly referred to as i-oo-my’a, which is a satirical nod to the grain’s vowel-heavy moniker.
HANGMAN: Flummox your child by coming up with words that have few real vowels.
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Origin and Etymology of vowel
Middle English, from Anglo-French vowele, from Latin vocalis — more at vocalic
First Known Use: 14th century
VOWEL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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