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Meaning of VOWEL

Pronunciation:  'vawul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
  2. [n]  a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel

VOWEL is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: vowel sound
 Antonyms: consonant
 See Also: ablaut, alphabetic character, diphthong, gradation, letter, letter of the alphabet, phone, schwa, shwa, sound, speech sound, stem vowel, thematic vowel, vowel point



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vow"el\, n. [F. voyelle, or an OF. form without y, L.
    vocalis (sc. littera), from vocalis sounding, from vox,
    vocis, a voice, sound. See {Vocal}.] (Phon.)
    A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by
    resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each
    case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character
    or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a
    {consonant} in that the latter, whether made with or without
    vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind
    of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or
    character which represents such a sound. See Guide to
    Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 146-149.
    Note: In the English language, the written vowels are a, e,
          i, o, u, and sometimes w and y. The spoken vowels are
          much more numerous.
    {Close vowel}. See under {Close}, a.
    {Vowel point}. See under {Point}, n.
  2. \Vow"el\, a.
    Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.