Phonet. a consonantal sound, as (?) or (v), produced by the passage of breath through the partially closed oral cavity; fricative
Origin of spirantfrom Classical Latin spirans, present participle of spirare, to breathe: see spirit
having the nature of a spirant; fricative
Origin of spirantLatin spīrāns spīrant- present participle of spīrāre to breathe
- (linguistics, archaic) A fricative.