noun, plural anlaute [ahn-lou-tuh] , anlauts. Linguistics.
initial position in a word, especially as a conditioning environment in sound change.
a sound in this position.
Compare auslaut, inlaut.

1880–85; < German, equivalent to an- on + Laut sound, as noun derivative of anlauten to begin (with a given sound) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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