- (in English articulation) a speech sound produced without occluding, diverting, or obstructing the flow of air from the lungs (opposed to consonant).
- (in a syllable) the sound of greatest sonority, as i in grill.Compare consonant (def. 1b).
- (in linguistic function) a concept empirically determined as a phonological element in structural contrast with consonant, as the (ē) of be (bē), we (wē), and yeast (yēst).
Origin of vowel
OTHER WORDS FROM vowelvow·el·less, adjectivevow·el·like, adjectivevow·el·y, vow·el·ly, adverb
Words nearby vowel
How to use vowel in a sentence
Note that there’s no rule that says you can’t drop one single vowel and put that same vowel back one letter over.
So for this contest — which of course is an arbitrary game and not a linguistic study — A, E, I, O and U will always be vowels.
The most popular six-letter cheese in puzzles is ASIAGO, with its many vowels making it relatively easy to fit into a grid.
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These include traditional names with feminine qualities such as softer sounds and/or vowel endings: Joshua, Sebastian, Elijah.
Here we see an au naturel Moore, bra-less in faded rock T-shirts and vowel-mangling California accent.
Edelstein also urges you to “explore” certain vowel sounds, stress antitheses in the passages, and get into character (sometimes).
These are the names of American politics in the 21st century—continent-hopping and vowel-heavy.
The readings pleye, pley are evidently false; the scribe has omitted the stroke for n above the vowel.
Moreover, the rime is a false one, since swote and aboute have different vowel-sounds.
In the orthography of the Félibres the diagraph ue is used as we find it in Old French to represent this vowel.
It is to be noted here that the adverb has the vowel of the old feminine termination a, and not the modern o.
It seems best to follow the majority, especially as they allow suffice to be followed by a vowel, thus eliding the final e.