[ roh-tik ]
/ ˈroʊ tɪk /


of or relating to a dialect of English in which the r is pronounced at the end of a syllable or before a consonant: Midwestern American English is rhotic, while Southern British English is not.
of, relating to, or being an r-like sound.


a rhotic sound.

Nearby words

  1. rhone river,
  2. rhone wine,
  3. rhopalid bug,
  4. rhotacism,
  5. rhotacize,
  6. rhs,
  7. rhubarb,
  8. rhumb,
  9. rhumb line,
  10. rhumb sailing

Origin of rhotic

rhot- (see rhotacism) + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for rhotic


/ (ˈrəʊtɪk) /


phonetics denoting or speaking a dialect of English in which postvocalic r s are pronounced
Derived Formsrhoticity (rəʊˈtɪsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for rhotic

from Greek rho, the letter r

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