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.
- non·so·no·rant, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sonorant
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 iː and uː
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