Word of the Day – Rhotic

By April 18, 2019 Word of the Day

Rhotic (adj)


Relating to or denoting a dialect or variety of English (e.g. in most of the US and south-western England) in which r is pronounced before a consonant (as in hard) and at the ends of words (as in far)

1960s: from Greek rhot-, stem of rho (see rho) + -ic.

Example sentences

“British accents are generally made up of rhotic and non-rhotic speakers.”

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