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Meaning of “consonant” in the English Dictionary

"consonant" in British English

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consonantnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.sə.nənt/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
B1 one of the ​speechsounds or ​letters of the ​alphabet that is not a ​vowel. Consonants are ​pronounced by ​stopping the ​air from ​flowingeasily through the ​mouth, ​especially by ​closing the ​lips or ​touching the ​teeth with the ​tongue.
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(Definition of consonant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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consonantnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑn·sə·nənt/
grammar a ​speechsoundproduced by ​humanbeings when the ​breath that ​flows out through the ​mouth is ​blocked by the ​teeth, ​tongue, or ​lips grammar A consonant is also a ​letter that ​represents a ​soundproduced in this way: Except for the ​vowels in ​English – a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y – all the ​letters are consonants.
(Definition of consonant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “consonant”
in Korean 모음…
in Arabic حَرْف ساكِن…
in Malaysian konsonan…
in French consonne…
in Russian согласная буква…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輔音, 輔音字母…
in Italian consonante…
in Turkish ünsüz/sessiz harf…
in Polish spółgłoska…
in Spanish consonante…
in Vietnamese phụ âm…
in Portuguese consoante…
in Thai พยัญชนะ…
in German der Konsonant…
in Catalan consonant…
in Japanese 子音…
in Chinese (Simplified) 辅音, 辅音字母…
in Indonesian konsonan…
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