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NOUN (1)

1. a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh);
[syn: sibilant, sibilant consonant]


1. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then');
[syn: fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, strident]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sibilant \Sib"i*lant\, a. [L. sibilans, -antis, p. pr. of sibilare to hiss: cf. F. sibilant.] Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary sounds. -- n. A sibiliant letter. [1913 Webster]