So"nant (?), a. [L. sonans, -antis, of sonare to sound. See Sound a noise.]


Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.

2. Phonetics

Uttered, as an element of speech, with tone or proper vocal sound, as distinguished from mere breath sound; intonated; voiced; tonic; the opposite of nonvocal, or surd; -- sid of the vowels, semivowels, liquids, and nasals, and particularly of the consonants b, d, g hard, v, etc., as compared with their cognates p, t, k, f, etc., which are called nonvocal, surd, or aspirate.



A sonant letter.


© Webster 1913.