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Definition of onomatopoeia noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

onomatopoeia

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌɑnəˌmæt̮əˈpiə//
 
, NAmE//ˌɑnəˌmɑt̮əˈpiə//
 
[uncountable] (technology)
 
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the fact of words containing sounds similar to the noises they describe, for example hiss; the use of words like this in a piece of writing
onomatopoeic
 
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NAmE//ˌɑnəˌmæt̮əˈpiɪk//
 
, NAmE//ˌɑnəˌmɑt̮əˈpiɪk//
 
adjective “Bang” and “pop” are onomatopoeic words.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: onomatopoeia