What is sibilant?

  • (adj): Of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then').
    Synonyms: fricative, spirant
    See also — Additional definitions below


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, . (The sounds, as in chip and Jeep, are affricates; the rest are fricatives.) Sibilants have a characteristically intense sound, which accounts for their non-linguistic use in getting one's attention (e.g. calling someone using "sssst!" or quieting someone using "shhhh!").

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Some articles on sibilant:

Voiceless Alveolar Sibilant
... The voiceless alveolar sibilant is a common consonant sound in vocal languages ... The voiceless alveolar sibilant is one of the most common sounds cross-linguistically ... However, some languages have a related sibilant sound, such as, but no ...
Voiceless Alveolar Non-sibilant Fricative - See Also
... Voiceless dental sibilant Voiceless corono-dentoalveolar sibilant Voiced alveolar retracted sibilant Voiced alveolar non-sibilant fricative Tongue ...
... any technique intended to reduce or eliminate excessive prominence of sibilant consonants such as "s", "z" and "sh" in recordings of the human voice ... De-essing is a dynamic process, only working when the level of the signal in the sibilant range exceeds a set threshold ... from equalization, which is a static change in level, but can also be used to reduce the level of sibilant frequencies ...
Frickative - Sibilant Fricatives
... voiceless coronal sibilant, as in English sip voiced coronal sibilant, as in English zip ejective coronal sibilant voiceless dental sibilant voiced dental sibilant voiceless apical ...
Sibilant - Contested Definitions
... Authors including Chomsky and Halle group and as sibilants ... they do not have the grooved articulation and high frequencies of other sibilants, and most phoneticians continue to group them together with bilabial, and ... For a grouping of sibilants and, the term strident is more common ...

More definitions of "sibilant":

  • (noun): A consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh).
    Synonyms: sibilant consonant