vowel Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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vowelnoun [C]

uk   us   /vaʊəl/
B1 a ​speechsoundproduced by ​humans when the ​breathflows out through the ​mouth without being ​blocked by the ​teeth, ​tongue, or ​lips: A short vowel is a ​shortsound as in the word "​cup". A long vowel is a ​longsound as in the word "​shoe".
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B1 a ​letter that ​represents a ​soundproduced in this way: The vowels in ​English are a, e, i, o, and u.
(Definition of vowel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vowelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɑʊ·əl/
writing a ​speechsoundproduced by ​humanbeings when the ​breathflows out through the ​mouth without being ​blocked by the ​teeth, ​tongue, or ​lips writing A vowel is also a ​letter that ​represents a ​soundproduced in this way: The vowels in ​English are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.
(Definition of vowel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “vowel”
in Korean 모음…
in Arabic حَرْف مُتَحَرِّك…
in Malaysian vokal…
in French voyelle…
in Russian гласный звук…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母音, 母音字母…
in Italian vocale…
in Turkish ünlü/sesli harf…
in Polish samogłoska…
in Spanish vocal…
in Vietnamese nguyên âm, âm nguyên âm…
in Portuguese vogal…
in Thai เสียงสระ, อักษรแทนเสียงสระ…
in German der Vokal, der Selbstlaut, Vokal-……
in Catalan vocal…
in Japanese 母音…
in Chinese (Simplified) 元音, 元音字母…
in Indonesian huruf hidup, suara hidup…
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