A unit of pronunciation having one vowel (or vowel-equivalent) sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word.
noun /ˈsiləbəl/ syllables, plural
A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; e.g., there are two syllables in water and three in inferno
A character or characters representing a syllable
The least amount of speech or writing; the least mention of something
- I'd never have breathed a syllable if he'd kept quiet
verb /ˈsiləbəl/ syllabled, past participle; syllabled, past tense; syllables, 3rd person singular present; syllabling, present participle
Pronounce (a word or phrase) clearly, syllable by syllable