Share this entry

sibilant
American English: /ˈsɪbələnt/
British English: /ˈsɪbɪl(ə)nt/

Translation of sibilant in Spanish:

noun

adjective

  • 1.1 (hissing) [literary] 1.2 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • Though everyone else in the picture speaks in some variation of a British accent, poor Jolie has been given the Transylvanian throat-sucker's throaty, sibilant vowels, as well as a wardrobe of snakes.
    • The addition of e before s after sibilant consonants (pass/passes) and final o (go/goes).
    • Modern Portuguese is characterized by an abundance of sibilant and palatal consonants and a broad spectrum of vowel sounds (five nasal phonemes and eight to ten oral ones).
    Example sentences
    • There were shouts and laughter and sibilant whispers.
    • You hear the sibilant whisper of gentle waves washing the shore and you know the sea is calm tonight.
    • We all spoke German, too, at the table - except when talking to the waitress, when we settled into sibilant cadences and sharp vowels.

Definition of sibilant in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day mecate
    Pronunciation:
    m
    string …
    Cultural fact of the day

    Opus Dei

    Opus Dei - Latin for "God's Work" - is a Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928. The Opus became very influential in Spanish society, above all by founding schools and universities. The aim was to create an élite which would spread Christian ideals throughout society. The University of Navarre is one of its foremost institutions.