What does the word vowel mean?

Usage examples for vowel

  1. " T'squire was to be away to- day," observed the woman, with the broad vowel sound which I shall not attempt to reproduce in print. – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung
  2. And when all our " dialects" on both sides of the water shall vanish, and we shall speak no more Yorkshire or Cape Cod, or London cockney or " Pike" or " Cracker" vowel flatness, nor write them any more, but all use the noble simplicity of the ideal English, and not indulge in such odd- sounding phrases as this of our critic that " the combatants on both sides were by way of detesting each other," though we speak with the tongues of men and of angels- we shall still need charity. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner