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From Middle English vouel, from Old French vouel, a variant of voyeul (whence French voyelle), from Latin vōcālis (voiced), itself a semantic loan of Koine Greek φωνῆεν (phōnêen). Doublet of vocal.

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  • enPR: vouʹəl, IPA(key): /ˈvaʊ.əl/
  • (also) enPR: voul, IPA(key): /vaʊl/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊəl, -aʊl

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vowel (plural vowels)

  1. (phonetics) A sound produced by the vocal cords with relatively little restriction of the oral cavity, forming the prominent sound of a syllable.
    In Welsh, the w usually represents a vowel.
  2. (orthography) A letter representing the sound of a vowel; in English, the vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.
    Facetious is spelled with five vowels in alphabetical order.

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  • Yoruba: fáwẹ̀lì

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vowel (third-person singular simple present vowels, present participle vowelling or (US) voweling, simple past and past participle vowelled or (US) voweled)

  1. (linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew or harakat in Arabic).
    • 2019, Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Arabs, Yale University Press, page 52:
      However it should be vowelled – perhaps ‘Almaqah’ – his name seems to be composed of ‘Il’, the general name of the paramount Semitic deity [] , plus another element that is possibly from the Sabaic verb wqh, ‘to command’ [] .

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