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



BrE BrE//ˈsɪbɪlənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪbɪlənt//
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(phonetics) a sibilant sound made in speech, such as /s/ and /z/ in the English words sip and zip See related entries: Phonetics Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin sibilant- ‘hissing’, from the verb sibilare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sibilant

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