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cardinal vowel

noun

, Phonetics.
  1. any one of eight primary, purportedly invariant, sustained vowel sounds that constitute a reference set for describing the vowel inventory of a language.
  2. any one of the eight or more supplementary or secondary cardinal vowels.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cardinal vowel1

First recorded in 1920–25

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