a voiced sound
that is less sonorous
than a vowel but more sonorous
than a stop or fricative and that may occur as either a sonant or a consonant, as (l, r, m, n, y, w).
a speech sound characterized by relatively free air passage through some channel, as a vowel, semivowel, liquid, or nasal. Compare obstruent
of, pertaining to, or having the properties of a sonorant.
Origin: Related forms
< Latin sonōr-
(stem of sonor
) sound, noise + -ant
; see sonorous
non·so·no·rant, adjective, noun