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speech sound

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noun Phonetics.
  1. any of the set of distinctive sounds of a given language.Compare phoneme.
  2. any audible, elemental, acoustic event occurring in speech: “Go” contains the speech sound “o.”Compare phone2.
  3. any of the sounds of the entire phonetic system of a language.
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Origin of speech sound

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • By the age of two—or less—the child should be able to imitate exactly any speech-sound.

    Mankind in the Making

    H. G. Wells