Definition of closed syllable in English:

closed syllable


  • A syllable ending in a consonant.

    • ‘Usually one occurs in a few specific places (closed syllables, say) and the other occurs everywhere else (open ones).’
    • ‘It works if one chooses the Latin, French, or Italian language, since German is much more difficult because of its many closed syllables and consonant clusters.’
    • ‘In final closed syllables, long u is usually shown by 'magic' e: amuse, flute, fume, huge, prelude, puce, puke, pure, refute, rude, rule, ruse, tube, tune.’
    • ‘When stressed, the short vowels only occur in closed syllables.’


closed syllable