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Meaning of vowel by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French vouel ( French: voyelle ), from Latin vōcālis ( “voiced” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈvaʊəl/
    • ( US ) also IPA: /vaʊl/, X-SAMPA: /vaUl/
    • Rhymes: -aʊəl, -aʊl


    vowel ( plural: vowels )

    1. ( phonetics ) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable .
    2. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y .


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Definition of vowel by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Vowel n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L. vocalis ( sc. littera ), from vocalis sounding, from vox, vocis, a voice, sound. See Vocal.] ( Phon. ) A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a consonant in that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 146-149.

    ☞ In the English language, the written vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are much more numerous.

    Close vowel. See under Close, a. -- Vowel point. See under Point, n.

  2. Vowel, a. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.