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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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Compare allophone.

Origin of speech sound

First recorded in 1865–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for speech sound

click, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, syllable, vocable

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Historical Examples of speech sound

  • 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