Adjective "vowel" definition and examples

(Vowel may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈvaʊəl/

Definitions and examples

noun

A speech sound which is produced by comparatively open configuration of the vocal tract, with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction, and which is a unit of the sound system of a language that forms the nucleus of a syllable.
  1. 'Vitruvius's remarks show a sophisticated interest in the different acoustic behaviours of consonants and vowels.'
  2. 'Even the name seems pregnant with significance - that defiant strangeness, those open, dreamy vowels.'
  3. 'When his operas are sung in any other language, the shift in vowels, consonants, and rhythms changes the character of the music.'
  4. 'In Miami-Illinois, as in other Algonquian languages, vowel length is phonemic, that is, it is an absolute determining factor in the shape and meaning of words.'
  5. 'In Swahili, which is a Bantu language, vowels are pronounced as they are in Spanish or Italian.'
  6. 'The double consonant signifies that the preceding vowel remains short.'
  7. 'Stressed syllables retain full vowel quality, whereas unstressed syllables may have weak vowels.'
  8. 'In Guaraní, 12 vowels are distinguished, six oral vowels and six nasal vowels.'
  9. 'I have never, for instance, heard a speaker of English condemn the nasal vowels or the dropped consonants of the French language.'
  10. 'If I understand the transliteration right, the vowel quality would also be closer to American English cat than cot.'
  11. 'The Amharic alphabet is made up of 33 letters and has seven vowels.'
  12. 'He had written but one word, three consonants and a single vowel.'
  13. 'The Lao alphabet also has 38 vowel symbols, representing 24 vowel sounds.'
  14. 'In contrast, vowel letters are never omitted from words in text.'
  15. 'The schwa sound represents a unique yet important construct for the developing reader in that it cannot easily be sounded out and is not represented by any one single vowel letter.'
  16. 'He has also learned the Greek alphabet, capital and lowercase, and has begun to make the distinction between consonants and vowels.'
  17. 'I erased the vowels and double letters in order.'
  18. 'Each syllable is written as a combination of consonants and vowels, plus the tone mark.'
  19. 'The two men may share a vowel at the end of their last name.'
  20. 'Allowing for the omission of vowels and the unknown letter, surely this was Rameses.'

More definitions

1. Phonetics. (in English articulation) a speech sound produced without occluding, diverting, or obstructing the flow of air from the lungs (opposed to consonant). (in a syllable) the sound of greatest sonority, as i in grill.Compare consonant (def 1b). (in linguistic function) a concept empirically determined as a phonological element in structural contrast with consonant, as the (ē) of be (bē), we (wē), and yeast (yēst).

2. a letter representing or usually representing a vowel, as,

More examples(as adjective)

"repetitions can be vowel."

Origin

Middle English: from Old French vouel, from Latin vocalis (littera) ‘vocal (letter)’.