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



BrE BrE//ˈsɪbɪlənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪbɪlənt//
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(formal or literary) making a ‘s’ or ‘sh’ sound the sibilant sound of whispering Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin sibilant- ‘hissing’, from the verb sibilare.
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