Definition of indeterminate vowel in English:

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indeterminate vowel

Pronunciation: /ˌɪndɪˈtəːmɪnət ˈvaʊəl/


The vowel ə heard in ‘a moment ago’; a schwa.
Example sentences
  • One change was a tendency to reduce any short vowel in an unstressed syllable to a common indeterminate vowel.
  • Armenian has an indeterminate vowel, which sounds like the e in ‘laurel’; this appears as ë.

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Line breaks: in|de¦ter¦min|ate vowel

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