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Definition of Vowel


  1. 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 consonant in 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.
  2. Of or pertaining to a vowel; vocal.

Vowel Quotations

Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

'Y' is about the weakest letter of all. 'Y' can't make up its mind if it's a vowel or a consonant, can it?
David Mitchell

My favorite rhymes are sort of half-rhymes where you might just get the vowel sound the same, but it's not really a true rhyme. That gives you far more flexibility to capture the feeling you're trying to express. But sometimes it's best not to have any rhyme.
Conor Oberst

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.
Bill Cosby

Some people with autism who don't talk, all they hear are vowel sounds. Like if I said 'cup,' they might just hear 'uh.'
Temple Grandin
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Vowel Translations

vowel in Dutch is vocaal, vokaal, klinker
vowel in French is voyelle
vowel in German is Selbstlaut, Vokal, Vokal
vowel in Portuguese is vogal
vowel in Spanish is vocal
vowel in Swedish is vokal
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