[ noun af-ri-kit; verb af-ri-keyt ]
/ noun ˈæf rɪ kɪt; verb ˈæf rɪˌkeɪt /


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.

Origin of affricate

1875–85; < Latin affricātus rubbed against (past participle of affricāre), equivalent to af- af- + fric- (see friction) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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