[ suh-nawr-uh nt, -nohr-, soh- ]
/ səˈnɔr ənt, -ˈnoʊr-, soʊ- /


a voiced sound that is less sonorous than a vowel but more sonorous than a stop or fricative and that may occur as either a sonant or a consonant, as (l, r, m, n, y, w).
a speech sound characterized by relatively free air passage through some channel, as a vowel, semivowel, liquid, or nasal.Compare obstruent.


of, relating to, or having the properties of a sonorant.

Origin of sonorant

< Latin sonōr- (stem of sonor) sound, noise + -ant; see sonorous


non·so·no·rant, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sonorant

/ (ˈsɒnərənt) /

noun phonetics

one of the frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ŋ) having consonantal or vocalic functions depending on its situation within the syllable
either of the two consonants represented in English orthography by w or y and regarded as either consonantal or vocalic articulations of the vowels and

Word Origin for sonorant

from Latin sonor a noise + -ant
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