Definition of Sonant

1. Noun. A speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords.

Exact synonyms: Voiced Sound
Generic synonyms: Phone, Sound, Speech Sound
Derivative terms: Sound



2. Adjective. Produced with vibration of the vocal cords. "Voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'"
Exact synonyms: Soft, Voiced
Antonyms: Unvoiced

Definition of Sonant

1. a. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.

Definition of Sonant

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding. ¹

2. Adjective. (linguistics) voiced ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sonant

1. a sound uttered with vibration of the vocal cords [n -S] : SONANTAL, SONANTIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Sonant

1. 1. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding. 2. Uttered, as an element of speech, with tone or proper vocal sound, as distinguished from mere breath sound; intonated; voiced; tonic; the opposite of nonvocal, or surd; sid of the vowels, semivowels, liquids, and nasals, and particularly of the consonants b, d, g hard, v, etc, as compared with their cognates p, t, k, f, etc, which are called nonvocal, surd, or aspirate. A sonant letter. Origin: L. Sonans, -antis, p.pr. Of sonare to sound. (04 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sonant

son-in-law
son-in-law egg
son-in-law eggs
son-of-a-bitch
son et lumière
son of a bitch
son of a gun
son of privilege
son of the manse
son of the morning
sonance
sonances
sonancies
sonancy
sonant (current term)
sonantal
sonantic
sonants
sonar
sonarlike
sonarman
sonarmen
sonars
sonata
sonata form
sonatalike
sonatas
sonatina
sonatinas

Literary usage of Sonant

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1. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by New York Academy of Sciences (1917)
"These are, bilabial sonant and surd, approximating English b and p; linguo-interdental sonant and surd, approximating Spanish d and t and linguo-palatal ..."

2. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"sonant LIQUIDS AND NASALS 18. The form of many words is due to the fact that X, ... Such sounds are called sonant (or syllabic) liquids and nasals, ..."

3. A Short Manual of Comparative Philology for Classical Students by Peter Giles (1901)
"The history of the long sonant nasals is Long sonant even more obscure than that of the long nasals. sonant liquids. In Greek a (Ionic and Attic 17) is said ..."

4. A Short Manual of Comparative Philology for Classical Students by Peter Giles (1895)
"The history of the long sonant nasals is even more obscure than that of the long ... Quite recently Osthoff has propounded a new treatment of the sonant ..."

5. History of the New World Called America by Edward John Payne (1899)
"In order to complete our view of the elements of speech 'sonant' it only remains to notice the ... sonant' articulation is best illustrated in the nasals, ..."

6. A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older by William Dwight Whitney (1913)
"The assimilation of n in external combination to a following sonant ... The n is also declared to be assimilated (becoming n) before a sonant lingual <l. ..."

7. Oriental Studies: A Selection of the Papers Read Before the Oriental Club of by Oriental Club of Philadelphia (1894)
"The Japanese call a sonant the nigori, that is, the turbid, or impure form ... They have at times even insisted that all the sonant consonants of the purely ..."

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