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sonant

[ soh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈsoʊ nənt /
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adjective
sounding; having sound.
Phonetics. voiced (opposed to surd).
noun Phonetics.
a speech sound that by itself makes a syllable or subordinates to itself the other sounds in the syllable; a syllabic sound (opposed to consonant).
a voiced sound (opposed to surd).
(in Indo-European) a sonorant.
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Origin of sonant

1840–50; <Latin sonānt- (stem of sonāns), present participle of sonāre to sound1. See son-, -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for sonant

sonant
/ (ˈsəʊnənt) /

adjective
phonetics denoting a voiced sound capable of forming a syllable or syllable nucleus
inherently possessing, exhibiting, or producing a sound
noun
phonetics a voiced sound belonging to the class of frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ŋ) considered from the point of view of being a vowel and, in this capacity, able to form a syllable or syllable nucleus

Derived forms of sonant

sonance, nounsonantal (səʊˈnæntəl) or sonantic, adjective

Word Origin for sonant

C19: from Latin sonāns sounding, from sonāre to make a noise, resound
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