Semivowel meaning

sĕmĭ-vouəl
A sound that has the quality of one of the high vowels, as (ē) or (o͝o), and that functions as a consonant before or after vowels, as the initial sounds of yell and well and the final sounds of coy and cow.
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A vowel-like sound occurring in consonantal positions in the same syllable with a true vowel, characterized by brief duration and rapid change from one position of articulation to another: the English glides (w) and (y) are semivowels.
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A sound in speech which has some qualities of a consonant and some qualities of a vowel.
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A letter which represents a semivowel sound, such as w or y in English.
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Origin of semivowel

  • semi- +"Ž vowel

    From Wiktionary