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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: vouel, from Latin vocalis; VOCAL1

vowel

noun
     
vow‧el [countable]
1SLC one of the human speech sounds that you make by letting your breath flow out without closing any part of your mouth or throat
2SLA a letter of the alphabet used to represent a vowel. In English the vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.

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