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Voiced, as a speech sound.
1. A voiced speech sound.
2. A syllabic consonant in Indo-European.

[Latin sonāns, sonant-, present participle of sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics denoting a voiced sound capable of forming a syllable or syllable nucleus
2. inherently possessing, exhibiting, or producing a sound
(Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics a voiced sound belonging to the class of frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ŋ) considered from the point of view of being a vowel and, in this capacity, able to form a syllable or syllable nucleus
[C19: from Latin sonāns sounding, from sonāre to make a noise, resound]
ˈsonance n
sonantal, soˈnantic adj


(ˈsoʊ nənt)

1. sounding; having sound.
2. (of a speech sound)
a. voiced (opposed to surd).
b. capable of itself forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable; syllabic.
3. a speech sound that can itself form a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable, esp. a syllabic consonant.
4. a voiced speech sound.
[1840–50; < Latin sonānt-, s. of sonāns, present participle of sonāre to sound1; see -ant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sonant - a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords
speech sound, phone, sound - (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
Adj.1.sonant - produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";


Produced by the voice:


(Ling, Phon)
nSonant m, → stimmhafter Laut
References in classic literature ?
Sonant melliflua hymnorum organa, suavissima angelorum melodia, cantica canticorum mira
The data below shows the existence of the consonant sounds and Table 6 illustrates the comparison of the sonant plosive consonants between the MP and the ISP.
Hyundai Motor Company (KSE: 005380), a South Korea-based automaker, has announced that Sonant and Elantra made it to the list of the top 10 best-selling models in the United States in 2011.
It has one minor but annoying flaw, namely, a number of the mistakes in Latin citations that should and could have been easily avoided, such as "Christus igitur sonant haec omnia" (241), "occultos peccatis Deo cognitis" (284), "alta et secreto iudicio" (286), and "occulto iustitio" (307).
In Book I (Tomus Primus) he writes, 'Humanae aures verba nostra talia indicant, qualia foris sonant.
Regina Literata, Rex Platonicus Illic laeta parat pubes spectacula, Scenae Materiam veteris, multiplicesque iocos, Et Tragicam ferri rabiem, querelosque Cothurnos, Moesta quibus tristi funera clade sonant.
Heile examines several pieces, particularly Sonant (1960), Sur scene (1960), Heterophonie (1961), Improvisation ajoutee (1962), Match (1964), Tremens (1965), and the collection of pieces known as Journal de theatre (1965).
4, 183: <<tot linguae, totidem ora sonant, tot subrigit aures>>.