- Phonetics. a sibilant consonant.
Origin of sibilant
Examples from the Web for sibilance
Historical Examples of sibilance
Her clan took the word up, and for a time the sibilance of it was like a hiss in the room.The Imitator
So now he puckered his lips to the sibilance of a canoe-song, and waited.The Silent Places
Steward Edward White
He nodded without looking at me, and with some sibilance of excuse, read the message.The Professor's Mystery
She sighed, and the sibilance of it echoed with a strange lingering note between those high gray walls.Stubble
It was a gentle sound, but with a sibilance that held a threat of danger—like the hiss of a gigantic serpent.The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel
- phonetics relating to or denoting the consonants (s, z, / ʃ /, / ʒ /), all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound
- having a hissing soundthe sibilant sound of wind among the leaves
- a sibilant consonant
Word Origin for sibilant
1660s, from Latin sibilantem (nominative sibilans), present participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle," possibly of imitative origin (cf. Greek sizein "to hiss," Lettish sikt "to hiss," Old Church Slavonic svistati "to hiss, whistle"). Related: Sibilance; sibilation (1620s).
"speech sound having a hissing effect," 1772, from sibilant (adj.).
- Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh).