[ UK /sˈɪbɪlənt/ ]
  1. a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
  1. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
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How To Use sibilant In A Sentence

  • I have preferred the word sonisibilants to the word semivocal sibilants; as the sounds of these sonisibilants are formed in different apertures of the mouth, and not in the larynx like the vowels. Note XV
  • Aren't you precisely ascribing allophonic shwa devoicing as the cause of sibilant insertion? Japanese dialect mirrors suspected PIE development of sibilantization between two dental stops
  • If in the above situation of the tongue and teeth a sound be produced in the mouth, and the sonorous air be forced between them, the sonisibilant Th is formed, as in Thee; and should have an appropriated character as [*]. Note XV
  • Once it appears in the ambiguous reading kru(v)s (it can be a sibilant or a shibilant). Novilara Stele remains a mystery
  • He kept separate the constituents of consonantal clusters, relishing sibilants and fricatives as much as plosives and liquids, and studied the duration of pauses as carefully as the duration of syllables.
  • Mr. Orne slowly fished a quill toothpick from the pocket of his overcoat, set the end of the quill in his mouth, and "sipped" the air sibilantly, gazing over Britt's head with professional gravity. When Egypt Went Broke
  • In speaking of articulate sounds they may be conveniently divided first into clear continued sounds, expressed by the letters called vowels; secondly, into hissing sounds, expressed by the letters, called sibilants; thirdly, into semivocal sounds, which consist of a mixture of the two former; and, lastly, into interrupted sounds, represented by the letters properly termed consonants. Note XV
  • Modern Portuguese is characterized by an abundance of sibilant and palatal consonants and a broad spectrum of vowel sounds.
  • They held their breath, and let it out in sibilant whispers like the voice of a little wind moving among leaves; and he did not speak until they were almost aburst with expectation. Caves of Terror
  • Most likely, medial *-h- which was probably a velar fricative became weakened at some point intervocalically and after sibilants. The loss of mediofinal 'h' in Pre-Proto-Etruscan
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