Sibilant meaning

sĭb'ə-lənt
The definition of sibilant is a hissing sound, or a consonant that makes such a sound.

The "ssh" sound is an example of something that would be described as a sibilant.

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Sibilant is a consonant or a speech sound characterized by a hissing sound.

The "sssh" sound is an example of a sibilant.

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Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh).

The sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.

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A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).
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Having or making a hissing sound.
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Articulated with such a sound, as (s), (z), (′sh), (), (ch), and (j)
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A sibilant consonant: a type of fricative.
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Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or surge.
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(phonetics) A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.
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Origin of sibilant

  • Latin sībilāns sībilant- present participle of sībilāre to hiss
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin sÄ«bilāns, present active participle of sÄ«bilō (“I hiss").
    From Wiktionary