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sibilant

noun

adjective

Etymology summary

Latin sibilantem (nominative sibilans), present participle of sibilare "to hiss,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilous | sibilance [derived] | sibilancy [noun, derived]

[phonetics] relating to or denoting the consonants, all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound | having a hissing sound | a sibilant consonant (21 of 320 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

sibilant [entry 1, adjective] | sibilantly [adverb, related]

having, containing, or producing the sound of or a sound resembling that of the s or the sh in sash (20 of 71 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sibilant

sibilant [entry 2, noun]

a sibilant speech sound (as English \s\, \z\, \sh\, \zh\, \ch(=tsh)\, or \j(=dzh)\) (13 of 30 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sibilant show=1

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sibilant [phonetics]

in phonetics, a fricative consonant sound, in which the tip, or blade, of the tongue is brought near the roof of the mouth and air is pushed past the ... (29 of 66 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilance [derived] | sibilantly [derived]

making or characterized by a hissing sound | [phonetics] : [speech sounds] sounded with a hissing effect, for example s, sh. | [phonetics] | a ... (22 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sibilant

Wiktionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural] | groove fricative [synonym, sense-specific]

Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or surge. | [phonetics] A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'. (29 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sibilant

American Heritage Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilance [noun, related] | sibilancy [noun, related] | sibilantly [adverb, related]

Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh) | A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh). (26 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

sibilant | hissing [synonym, sense-specific]

hissing | [phonetics] characterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with "s" in "this", "rose", "pressure", "pleasure", and ... (20 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sibilant

New World Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilance [related] | sibilantly [adverb, related]

having or making a hissing sound | [phonetics] articulated with such a sound, as (s), (z), (s̸h), (z̸h), (c̸h), and (j) | a sibilant consonant: a type ... (25 of 41 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

sibilant [countable, linguistics, noun] | sibilants [plural]

one of the sibilant speech sounds, for example "s" or "sh" (11 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sibilant 5

sibilant [linguistics, formal]

making a sound like the letters "s" or "sh" (9 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sibilant

Encarta Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural]

describes consonants that are pronounced with a hissing sound | producing a hissing sound | a consonant that is pronounced with a hissing sound (22 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735215​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sibilant

First use: 1660s

Origin: Latin sibilantem (nominative sibilans), present participle of sibilare "to hiss, whistle", possibly of imitative origin (compare ... (17 of 44 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sibilant

Collins Dictionary:

sibilant

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin sībilāre to hiss, of imitative origin; compare Greek sizein to hiss

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sibilant

Oxford Dictionary:

sibilant

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Latin sibilant- "hissing", from the verb sibilare

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sibilant

Wiktionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural]

Origin: Latin sībilāns, present active participle of sībilō ("I hiss").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sibilant

American Heritage Dictionary:

sibilant

Origin: Latin sībilāns, sībilant-, present participle of sībilāre, to hiss.

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New World Dictionary:

sibilant

Origin: Latin sibilans from sibilare, to hiss

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Merriam-Webster:

sibilant [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1669

Origin: Latin sibilant-, sibilans, present participle of sibilare to hiss, whistle, of imitative origin

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sibilant

Encarta Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin sibilant-, present participle of sibilare "hiss", probably an imitation of the sound

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735215​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sibilant"

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Collins Dictionary:

sibilant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sibilant"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sibilant

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sibilant [countable, linguistics, noun] | sibilants [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sibilant"

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sibilant [linguistics, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sibilant"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

sibilant [countable, linguistics, noun] | sibilants [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sibilant"

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sibilant [linguistics, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sibilant"

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the Free Dictionary:

sibilant

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sibilant"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sibilant"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sibilant" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

sibilant | sibilants [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sibilant"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sibilant

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sibilant"

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YourDictionary Audio:

sibilant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sibilant" by speech synthesizer

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