[ si-lab-ik ]
/ sɪˈlæb ɪk /


of, relating to, or consisting of a syllable or syllables.
pronounced with careful distinction of syllables.
of, relating to, or noting poetry based on a specific number of syllables, as distinguished from poetry depending on stresses or quantities.
(of chanting) having each syllable sung to one note only.
  1. (of a consonant) forming a syllable by itself, as the (n) in button [buht-n] /ˈbʌt n/ or the (l) in bottle [bot-l] /ˈbɒt l/.
  2. (of a vowel) dominating the other sounds in a syllable; sonantal.


Phonetics. a syllabic sound.

Origin of syllabic

1720–30; < Late Latin syllabicus < Greek syllabikós. See syllable, -ic

Related forms

syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syllabic


/ (sɪˈlæbɪk) /


of or relating to syllables or the division of a word into syllables
denoting a kind of verse line based on a specific number of syllables rather than being regulated by stresses or quantities
(of a consonant) constituting a syllable
(of plainsong and similar chanting) having each syllable sung to a different note


a syllabic consonant

Derived Forms

syllabically, adverb
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