- Of or relating to the pronunciation of the sound (r).
- Of or relating to dialects or accents of English in which the sound (r), usually represented in spelling by r, is pronounced when following a vowel and preceding a consonant or a syntactic pause, as fear, heard, poor, and car park. Unlike many varieties of British English, most varieties of American English are rhotic, and those American varieties that drop their r 's are sometimes stigmatized.
Origin of rhoticFrom rhot- (as in rhotacism ) -ic
- (of an English accent) Pronouncing the letter r wherever it appears, as in bar (/bɑːɹ/) and bard or barred (/bɑːɹd/).
- Rhotic speech is common in much of the United States, Canada, many parts of the north and west of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
- (of a phoneme) Having the quality of the said letter. This includes the sounds of the IPA symbols /ɹ/, /ɻ/, /ɚ/, /ɝ/, and some would say /r/, or r coloring.
Back-formation from rhotacism, coined by John C. Wells 1968