Vowel meaning

vouəl
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The definition of a vowel is a letter representing a speech sound made with the vocal tract open, specifically the letters A, E, I, O, U.

The letter "A" is an example of a vowel.

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A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable.
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(phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
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A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.
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Any voiced speech sound characterized by generalized friction of the air passing in a continuous stream through the pharynx and opened mouth but with no constriction narrow enough to produce local friction; the sound of the greatest prominence in most syllables.
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Of a vowel or vowels.
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A letter (as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y) or a character or a symbol representing such a sound.
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A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel.
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Origin of vowel

  • Middle English vowelle from Old French vouel from Latin (littera) vōcālis sounding (letter) from vōx vōc- voice wekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French vouel (French: voyelle), from Latin vōcālis (“voiced").

    From Wiktionary