- The definition of sibilance is when something has an s or sh sound.
An example of sibilance is the hissing of a snake.
Variant of sibilant
- having or making a hissing sound
- Phonet. articulated with such a sound, as (s), (z), (s̸h), (z̸h), (c̸h), and (j)
Origin: Classical Latin sibilans ; from sibilare, to hiss
a sibilant consonant: a type of fricative