vowel

Part of speech:

Pertaining to a vowel.

Part of speech: noun

An open vocal sound or a character representing it, as a, e, i, o, u.

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Usage examples "vowel":

  1. In monosyllables a single vowel before a single consonant is short; as stag, frog. - "A Grammar of the English Tongue", Samuel Johnson.
  2. " 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", E. W. Hornung.
  3. 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", Charles Dudley Warner.