sonorant

sonorant

[suh-nawr-uhnt, -nohr-, soh-] Phonetics.
noun
1.
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).
2.
a speech sound characterized by relatively free air passage through some channel, as a vowel, semivowel, liquid, or nasal. Compare obstruent.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or having the properties of a sonorant.

Origin:
< Latin sonōr- (stem of sonor) sound, noise + -ant; see sonorous

nonsonorant, adjective, noun
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sonorant (ˈsɒnərənt)
 
n
1.  one of the frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ) having consonantal or vocalic functions depending on its situation within the syllable
2.  either of the two consonants represented in English orthography by w or y and regarded as either consonantal or vocalic articulations of the vowels and
 
[from Latin sonor a noise + -ant]

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sonorant

in phonetics, any of the nasal, liquid, and glide consonants that are marked by a continuing resonant sound. Sonorants have more acoustic energy than other consonants. In English the sonorants are y, w, l, r, m, n, and ng. See also nasal; liquid

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