[ noun af-ri-kit; verb af-ri-keyt ]
/ noun ˈæf rɪ kɪt; verb ˈæf rɪˌkeɪt /
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Also called affricative. a speech sound comprising occlusion, plosion, and frication, as either of the ch-sounds in church and the j-sound in joy.
verb (used with object), af·fri·cat·ed, af·fri·cat·ing.
to change the pronunciation of (a stop) to an affricate, especially by releasing (the stop) slowly.
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Example sentences from the Web for affricate
The affricate in words like gaol is of French origin (gele), from a Late Lat.
Here, the j is to be pronounced as a double letter (technically an affricate) as in English.The Comic Latin Grammar|Percival Leigh
British Dictionary definitions for affricate
/ (ˈæfrɪkɪt) /
a composite speech sound consisting of a stop and a fricative articulated at the same point, such as the sound written ch, as in chair
Word Origin for affricate
C19: from Latin affricāre to rub against, from fricāre to rub; compare friction
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