[noun af-ri-kit; verb af-ri-keyt]Phonetics


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.

Nearby words

  1. affranchise,
  2. affray,
  3. affrayer,
  4. affreight,
  5. affreightment,
  6. affrication,
  7. affricative,
  8. affright,
  9. affront,
  10. affrontive

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for affricate



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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