vowel

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Borrowing from Old French vouel (French voyelle), from Latin vōcālis (voiced), a semantic loan of Koine Greek φωνῆεν (phōnêen). Doublet of vocal.

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vowel (plural vowels)

  1. (phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
  2. (orthography) A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.

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vowel (third-person singular simple present vowels, present participle vowelling or (US) voweling, simple past and past participle vowelled or (US) voweled)

  1. (linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew or harakat in Arabic)

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