vowel

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈvaʊəl/
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Noun[change]

Singular
vowel

Plural
vowels

  1. A vowel is one of the letters a, e, i, o and u. All the other letters are consonants. Sometimes y is also considered to be a vowel.
  2. (linguistics) A vowel is a sound in the middle of a syllable. It is louder and longer than consonant sounds.
    English has more than 15 vowel sounds, but only five vowel letters!
    Your mouth is more open when you say a vowel than when you say a consonant.