from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Voiced, as a speech sound.
  • n. A voiced speech sound.
  • n. A syllabic consonant in Indo-European.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.
  • adj. voiced
  • n. A voiced letter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.
  • adj. Uttered, as an element of speech, with tone or proper vocal sound, as distinguished from mere breath sound; intonated; voiced; vocal; tonic; the opposite of nonvocal, or surd; -- said of the vowels, semivowels, liquids, and nasals, and particularly of the consonants b, d, g hard, v, etc., as compared with their cognates p, t, k, f, etc., which are called nonvocal, surd, or aspirate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having sound; sounding.
  • In pron., noting certain alphabetic sounds, as the vowels, semivowels, nasals, and voiced mutes and fricatives, the utterance of which includes the element of tone, or a vibration of the vocal chords, as a, l, n, b, z, v (the last three as opposed to p, s, f, which are similar utterances without tone); voiced, vocal, intonated (soft and flat are also sometimes used in the same sense).
  • In entomology, same as sonorific, 2.
  • n. In pron., a sonant letter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords
  • adj. produced with vibration of the vocal cords


Latin sonāns, sonant-, present participle of sonāre, to sound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sonans, sonantis. (Wiktionary)



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