Definition of indeterminate vowel in US English:

indeterminate vowel


  • The vowel heard in “a moment ago”; a schwa /ə/.

    • ‘Armenian has an indeterminate vowel, which sounds like the e in ‘laurel’; this appears as ë.’
    • ‘One change was a tendency to reduce any short vowel in an unstressed syllable to a common indeterminate vowel.’