from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A speech sound, such as (ē) or (ĭ), created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity, usually forming the most prominent and central sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter, such as a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y in the English alphabet, that represents a vowel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
- n. A letter representing the sound of vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o and u, and sometimes y.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vocal, or sometimes a whispered, sound modified by resonance in the oral passage, the peculiar resonance in each case giving to each several vowel its distinctive character or quality as a sound of speech; -- distinguished from a
consonantin that the latter, whether made with or without vocality, derives its character in every case from some kind of obstructive action by the mouth organs. Also, a letter or character which represents such a sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 146-149.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The vowel-points, except holem and shuruk, are written below the consonants. The holem is placed above the letter, and the dot of the shuruk within the letter vau to the left .
- To pay (debts) by an “I O U.”
- n. One of the openest, most resonant, and continuable sounds uttered by the voice in the process of speaking; a sound in which the element of tone, though modified and differentiated by positions of the mouth-organs, is predominant; a tone-sound, as distinguished from a fricative (in which a rustling between closely approximated organs is the predominant element), from a mute (in which the explosion of a closure is characteristic), and so on.
- n. The letter or character which represents such a sound
- Pertaining to a vowel; vocal
- To provide or complete with vowels; insert vowels in (a word or syllable).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel
- n. a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
Middle English vowelle, from Old French vouel, from Latin (littera) vōcālis, sounding (letter), from vōx, vōc-, voice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French vouel (French: voyelle), from Latin vōcālis ("voiced"). (Wiktionary)