Vo'wel. n.s. [voyelle, Fr. vocalis, Lat.] A letter which can be uttered by itself.
I distinguish letters into vowels and consonants, yet not wholly upon their reason, that a vowel may be sounded alone, a consonant not without a vowel; which will not be found all true; for many consonants may be sounded alone, and some joined together without a vowel, as bl. st. and as we pronounce the latter syllable of people, riffle. Holder.
Virgil makes the two vowels meet without an elision. Broome.