Definition of 'vowel'
Video: pronunciation of 'vowel'
Example sentences containing 'vowel'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Speakers of any language often have problems pronouncing consonants or vowels which do not exist in their mother tongue. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Each chapter uses only one vowel. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He noticed that some young people were using certain vowel sounds that were not features of the areas where they grew up. Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)And this was a performance of deep breaths, long vowels and long distances. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This corrected her flat southeast London vowels. Times, Sunday Times (2014)If you pronounce the vowel in bit with your lips rounded, you may approach it. Exploring language (6th edn) (1995)Instead, they just need to identify the first vowel sound to find out how it is spelt. Times, Sunday Times (2012)When he did, he used only vowels and relied on his younger brother to interpret what they meant. Times, Sunday Times (2015)By using a vowel for each Quarter we are most emphatically not merely following orthodox religious use or occult teaching. Music and the Elemental Psyche: A Practical Guide to Music and Changing Consciousness (1987)This provided the flexibility needed to produce a variety of vowels and consonants, a flexibility denied to the apes. The Runaway Brain: the Evolution of Human Uniqueness (1993)With his easy charm and her clipped vowels, the pair will jolly well get to the bottom of things. The Sun (2013)I'm keeping a balance of two vowels and two consonants. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Here flat vowels are softened and guttural accents trimmed to a neat BA standard. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yet we appear not merely to be clinging to the distinctive figures of speech and vowel sounds of our native soil, but actively nurturing them. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Greeks, by contrast, have only five different vowel sounds. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I want my own stuff, my own rhythm, and vowels and consonants too. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)This is not a season for experimental fiction, such as the book by that Canadian bloke in which each chapter uses only one vowel. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Earlier studies of vocal imitation had shown that infants were able to match vowel sounds spoken to them by adults, but only from 12 weeks onwards. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Trends of 'vowel'
In Common Usage. vowel is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'vowel'
British English: vowel /ˈvaʊəl/ NOUN
A vowel is a sound such as the ones represented in writing by the letters `a', `e', `i', `o', and `u', which you pronounce with your mouth open, allowing the air to flow through it.
- American English: vowel
- Arabic: حَرْفٌ مُتَحَرِّك
- Brazilian Portuguese: vogal
- Chinese: 元音
- Croatian: samoglasnik
- Czech: samohláska
- Danish: vokal
- Dutch: klinker taalkundig
- European Spanish: vocal
- Finnish: vokaali
- French: voyelle
- German: Vokal
- Greek: φωνήεν
- Italian: vocale
- Japanese: 母音
- Korean: 모음
- Norwegian: vokal
- Polish: samogłoska
- European Portuguese: vogal
- Romanian: vocală
- Russian: гласный
- Spanish: vocal
- Swedish: vokal
- Thai: เสียงสระ
- Turkish: ünlü gramer
- Ukrainian: голосний звук
- Vietnamese: nguyên âm
Definition of vowel from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.