Definition of phonaesthesia in English:

phonaesthesia

(US phonesthesia)

noun

  • [mass noun] Attribution of common elements of meaning or connotation to certain sound sequences, especially consonant clusters, for example initial sl-, as in slow, sleep, slush, slide, slip.

    • ‘Phonaesthesia occurs when certain sounds become associated with certain meanings, even though they do not attempt to imitate the sound (as in onomatopoeia).’
    • ‘Phonaesthesia has been described as a type of conventional sound symbolism.’

Origin

1950s: modern Latin, from Greek phōnē sound + aesthesthai perceive.

Pronunciation:

phonaesthesia

/ˌfəʊnəsˈθiːzɪə/