adjective . Phonetics voiced (opposed to surd). noun . Phonetics (in Indo-European) a sonorant. Origin of sonant 1840–50;
), present participle of
-ant Related forms so·nan·tal , [soh- nan-tl] /soʊˈnæn tl/ so·nan·tic , [soh- nan-tik] /soʊˈnæn tɪk/ adjective in·ter·so·nant, adjective non·so·nant, adjective, noun un·so·nant, adjective un·so·nan·tal, adjective
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Related Words for sonant oral
vocalic Examples from the Web for sonant Historical Examples of sonant
For 'voiced,' '
sonant,' 'soft,' or 'media' are sometimes used.
Far to the right lay what had once been called (horresco referens) the duckpond, where—Dulce
sonant tenui gutture carmen aves.
On the other hand, z as the representative of
sonant th, is legitimate in the broken English of a Frenchman.
The rule of surd to surd and
sonant to sonant is neglected in most of the factitious specimens of broken English.
Far to the right lay what had once been called (hor resco referens) the duck-pond, where—Dulce
sonant tenui gutture carmen aves. British Dictionary definitions for sonant 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 sonance, noun sonantal ( səʊˈnænt) əl or sonantic, adjective Word Origin for sonant
C19: from Latin
sonāns sounding, from sonāre to make a noise, resound
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Word Origin and History for sonant adj.
1846, from Latin
sonantem (nominative sonans), present participle of sonare "make a noise," (see sonata). As a noun from 1849.
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