Definitions for sibilantˈsɪb ə lənt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sib•i•lantˈsɪb ə lənt(adj.)
of or pertaining to a consonant sound in which air is channeled through a narrow groove along the center of the tongue, producing a hissing sound.
(n.)a sibilant consonant sound, as (s), (z), (sh), or (zh).
Origin of sibilant:
1660–70; < L sībilant-, s. of sībilāns, prp. of sībilāre to hiss, der. of sībilus a hissing, whistling; see -ant
sibilant, sibilant consonant(adj)
a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, strident(adj)
of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.
Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or surge.
Origin: From sibilans, present active participle of sibilo.
making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary sounds
a sibiliant letter