A speech sound intermediate between a vowel and a consonant, e.g., w or y.
More example sentences
- Parts are numbered from one to six, but the second is missing (just as the second vowel is missing among the vowels and the semivowel Y).
- The play opens with a speech by Flavius (spelled ‘Flauius’ in the old Latin style where u and v are not distinguished since the latter is just the semivowel corresponding to the vowel represented by the former).
Definition of semivowel in:
- The British & World English dictionary