1. 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.
  2. of, relating to, or being an r-like sound.
  1. a rhotic sound.

Origin of rhotic

rhot- (see rhotacism) + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for rhotic


  1. 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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