[ kuh n-tin-yoo-uh nt ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu ənt /


a consonant, as f or s, that may be prolonged without change of quality.Compare stop(def 34).


pertaining to or noting a continuant.

Origin of continuant

1600–10; < Latin continuant-, stem of continuāns, present participle of continuāre to continue; see -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for continuant

  • The passage would be too narrow, there would be friction, and a continuant would be the result (see § 34).

  • Continuant nostre routte, navigasmes par trois jours sans rien descouvrir.

    Crotchet Castle|Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for continuant

/ (kənˈtɪnjʊənt) phonetics /


a speech sound, such as (l), (r), (f), or (s), in which the closure of the vocal tract is incomplete, allowing the continuous passage of the breath


relating to or denoting a continuant
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