Definition of non-rhotic in English:



  • Relating to or denoting a dialect of English (such as Standard British English) in which r is pronounced in prevocalic position only.

    • ‘Linking r, common in many non-rhotic dialects of English, occurs in New England.’
    • ‘The following discussion presupposes a non-rhotic dialect of English, that is, a dialect in which r can only occur in syllable-onset position.’
    • ‘Both in fact were non-rhotic, while the majority of Americans speak with rhotic accents.’
    • ‘In the seventeenth century, most of England was rhotic, but non-rhotic speech was common in the southeast, near London.’
    • ‘You see, there are two great families of dialects in modern English: the rhotic ones and the non-rhotic ones.’