What does sibilant mean?

Definitions for sibilantˈsɪb ə lənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sibilant, sibilant consonant(adj)

    a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)

  2. 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')


  1. sibilant(Noun)

    A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'.

  2. sibilant(Adjective)

    Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in sash or surge.

  3. Origin: From sibilans, present active participle of sibilo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sibilant(adj)

    making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary sounds

  2. Sibilant(noun)

    a sibiliant letter

  3. Origin: [L. sibilans, -antis, p. pr. of sibilare to hiss: cf. F. sibilant.]


  1. Sibilant

    Sibilance is a manner of articulation of fricative and affricate consonants, made by directing a stream of air with the tongue towards the sharp edge of the teeth, which are held close together; a consonant that uses sibilance may be called a sibilant. Examples of sibilants are the consonants at the beginning of the English words sip, zip, ship, chip, and Jeep, and the second consonant in vision. The symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet used to denote the sibilant sounds in these words are, respectively. Sibilants have a characteristically intense sound, which accounts for their non-linguistic use in getting one's attention. In the alveolar hissing sibilants and, the back of the tongue forms a narrow channel to focus the stream of air more intensely, resulting in a high pitch. With the hushing sibilants, such as English, and, the tongue is flatter, and the resulting pitch lower. Sibilants may also be called stridents, a term which refers to the perceptual intensity of the sound of a sibilant consonant, or obstacle fricatives/affricates, which refers to the critical role of the teeth in producing the sound as an obstacle to the airstream. Non-sibilant fricatives and affricates produce their characteristic sound directly with the tongue or lips etc. and the place of contact in the mouth, without secondary involvement of the teeth.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sibilant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sibilant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. sibilantsibilantsibilant

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