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vowel

noun [C] uk   us   /vaʊəl/
B1 a speech sound produced by humans when the breath flows out through the mouth without being blocked by the teeth, tongue, or lips: A short vowel is a short sound as in the word "cup". A long vowel is a long sound as in the word "shoe".
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B1 a letter that represents a sound produced in this way: The vowels in English are a, e, i, o, and u.
Translations of “vowel”
in Arabic حَرْف مُتَحَرِّك…
in Korean 모음…
in Malaysian vokal…
in French voyelle…
in Turkish ünlü/sesli harf…
in Italian vocale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母音, 母音字母…
in Russian гласный звук…
in Polish samogłoska…
in Vietnamese nguyên âm, âm nguyên âm…
in Spanish vocal…
in Portuguese vogal…
in Thai เสียงสระ, อักษรแทนเสียงสระ…
in German der Vokal, der Selbstlaut, Vokal-……
in Catalan vocal…
in Japanese 母音…
in Indonesian huruf hidup, suara hidup…
in Chinese (Simplified) 元音, 元音字母…
(Definition of vowel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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