Definition of fricative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfrɪkətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪkətɪv//
(North American English also spirant) (phonetics) Phonetics
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a speech sound made by forcing breath out through a narrow space in the mouth with the lips, teeth or tongue in a particular position, for example /f/ and /ʃ/ in fee and she See related entries: Phonetics Word Originmid 19th cent.: from modern Latin fricativus, from Latin fricare ‘to rub’.