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affricate Line breaks: af¦fri|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈafrɪkət/

Definition of affricate in English:


A phoneme which combines a plosive with an immediately following fricative or spirant sharing the same place of articulation, e.g. ch as in chair and j as in jar.
Example sentences
  • We can note, for instance, the general avoidance of fricatives and affricates in pidgin phonological inventories.
  • The sounds that agree in voicing comprise stops, fricatives, and affricates.
  • If there is a substantial lag between the release of the closure of a stop or the end of the frication of an affricate, and the onset of voicing in the vowel, it is said to be aspirated.


Late 19th century: from Latin affricatus, past participle of affricare, from ad- 'to' + fricare 'to rub'.

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