Definition of rhotic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊtɪk/


Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English (e.g. in America and SW England) in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard) and at the ends of words (as in far): rhotic and non-rhotic speakers
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  • With the exception of the Southern states, eastern New England, and New York City, pronunciation is rhotic, postvocalic /r/ being pronounced in such words as part, four, motor.
  • The syllable that Ben has spelled ‘er’ would be pronounced as an r-colored vowel - a rhotic schwa - which is essentially just a vocalic form of the syllable-final [r] in ‘care’.
  • This is a rhotic central vowel.



Pronunciation: /rəʊˈtɪsɪti/
Example sentences
  • In other cities, such as Plymouth and Bournemouth, rhoticity varies.


1960s: from Greek rhot-, stem of rho (see rho) + -ic.

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Line breaks: rho¦tic

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