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[noun af-ri-kit; verb af-ri-keyt]Phonetics
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  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), af·fri·cat·ed, af·fri·cat·ing.
  1. to change the pronunciation of (a stop) to an affricate, especially by releasing (the stop) slowly.
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Origin of affricate

1875–85; < Latin affricātus rubbed against (past participle of affricāre), equivalent to af- af- + fric- (see friction) + -ātus -ate1
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Historical Examples

  • The affricate in words like gaol is of French origin (gele), from a Late Lat.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4


  • Here, the j is to be pronounced as a double letter (technically an affricate) as in English.

British Dictionary definitions for affricate


  1. 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
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin affricāre to rub against, from fricāre to rub; compare friction
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