Definition of sonant in English:

sonant

adjective

  • 1Of a sound or letter: uttered using the vocal cords; voiced.

  • 2Syllabic; capable of forming a syllable, or of constituting the essential element of a syllable.

noun

  • 1A voiced sound or letter.

  • 2A syllabic sound; (now usually) a syllabic consonant, or one that can be either syllabic or non-syllabic.

Origin

Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin sonant-, sonāns, present participle of sonāre to sound.

Pronunciation

sonant

/ˈsəʊnənt/