Words beginning with a vowel but don't use the "an" article (145)

These words seem to begin with a vowel, but they're actually pronounced with a consonant sound. That's why they use the "a" article instead of "an".

Most of these words begin with letter u and are actually spelled with the semivowel j (http://teflpedia.com/IPA_phoneme_/j/). They sound like a vowel, but they share the same phonologic paradigm of consonants.

See the full list below:



Word Pronunciation (IPA)
use /juːs/
union /ˈjuːnjən/
university /juːnɪˈvɜːsətiː/
unit /ˈjuː.nɪt/
user /ˈjuːzə(ɹ)/
unity /ˈjuːnɪti/
universe /ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs/
uniform /ˈjuːnɪfɔːm/
usage /ˈjuːsɪd͡ʒ/
/ˈjuːzɪd͡ʒ/
utility /juːˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/
urine /ˈjʊɹɪn/
/ˈjɝɪn/
uranium /jʊˈɹeɪniəm/
unison /ˈjunɨsən/
/ˈjunɨzən/
euphoria /juːˈfɔːɹi.ə/
utopia /juˈtəʊpɪə/
unanimity /juːnəˈnɪmɪti/
uterus /ˈjuː.təɹ.əs/
euthanasia /juː.θəˈneɪ.zɪ.ə/
ewe /juː/
ufo /ˈju.fo/
unicorn /ˈjuːnɪkɔːn/
urea /jʊˈɹiːə/
/ˈjʊəɹɪə/
urethra /jʊˈɹiːθɹə/
euphemism /ˈjuː.fəˌmɪ.z(ə)m/
eugenics /juːˈdʒɛnɪks/
usurper /juˈsɜɹpə(ɹ)/
usability /ˌjuːzəˈbɪlɪti/
eunuch /ˈjuː.nʌk/
uni /ˈjuː.niː/
eucalyptus /ˌjuːkəˈlɪptəs/
usury /ˈjuːʒəɹi/
eulogy /ˈjuːlədʒi/
ubiquity /juˈbɪkwɪti/
universalism /ˌjuːnəˈvɝsəlˌɪzəm/
urinal /juːˈɹaɪnəl/
universal /ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsl/
ewer /ˈjuː.ə/
/ˈjʊə/
euro /ˈjʊəɹəʊ/
utensil /juˈtɛn.səl/
ufology /ˌjuːˈfɑlədʒi/
/ˌjuːɛfˈɑlədʒi/
uniformitarianism /juːnɪfɔːmɪˈtɛːɹɪənɪzm/
upsilon /juːpˈsaɪ.lən/
/ˈʌp.sɪˌlɒn/
ukulele /juː.kə.ˈleɪ.li/
urinalysis /jʊəɹɪˈnælɪsɪs/
usurer /ˈjuːʒəɹə/
/ˈjuːzjəɹə/
ureter /jʊəˈɹiːtəɹ/
uridine /ˈjʊə.ɹɪ.din/
ute /juːt/
eugenist /juːˈdʒɛnɪst/
eutectic /juˈtɛk.tɪk/
eukaryote /juˈkæɹi.əʊt/
/juˈkæɹi.əɒt/
ufologist /ˌjuːˈfɑlədʒɪst/
ululation /juːljʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
/ʌljʊ./
usufruct /ˈjuːz(j)ʊfɹʌkt/
eustasy /ˈjuːstəsi/
unary /ˈjunəɹi/
uvula /ˈjuːv.jʊ.lə/
urus /ˈjʊəɹəs/
eucatastrophe /ˌjuːkəˈtæstɹəfi/
uraeus /jʊˈɹiː.əs/
ouabain /ˈwɑːbeɪn/
/ˈuːəbeɪn/
one /wʌn/
/wɐn/
using /ˈjuːzɪŋ/
Ucalegon /juːˈkælɨɡɒn/
oncer /ˈwʌnsə/
Usanian /ˌjuːˈseɪni.ən/
usufruction /juːz(j)ʊˈfɹʌkʃən/
Eusebius /juˈsibi.əs/
USAR /ˈju.sɑɹ/
usufructuary /ˌjuːz(j)ʊˈfɹʌktʃʊˌəɹi/
/.tjʊ./
Amazigh /ʔæ.mæːˈziːʁ/
/ʔɑ.mɑːˈziːʁ/
/ʔa.maːˈziːʁ/
usuress /ˌjuːʒəˈɹɛs/
/ˌjuːzjəˈɹɛs/
euouae /juːˈuːɪ/
ukase /juːˈkeɪz/
euclidianness /juːˈklɪdi.ən.nɛs/
uke /juːk/
uke /juːk/
Uke /juːk/
Ukie /ˈjuːki/
ureteroureterostomy /jʊˌriːtəroʊjʊˌriːtəˈrɒstəmi/
usurping /juːˈsɜː(ɹ)pɪŋ/
eustress /juːˈstɹɛs/
Unakas /juˈneɪkəs/
eudaemon /juˈdimən/
Ukrainian /juːˈkɹeɪnɪən/
unidirectionality /ˌjuː.ni.də.ɹek.ʃənˈɛl.ɪ.ti/
Utahn /ˈjuːtɑːn/
/ˈjuːtɔːn/
unite /juˈnaɪt/
/jʊˈnaɪt/
/ju̟ˈnaɪ̯ʔ/
/ju̟ˈnaɪ̯(ʔ)t̚/
uranism /ˈjʊəɹənɪzəm/
uranist /ˈjʊəɹənɪst/
eudemonia /ˌjuːdɪˈməʊnɪə/
euth /juθ/
Ute /ˈjuːt/
European bison /jʊɹəˌpiːən ˈbaɪsn̩/
uranophobia /ˈjuɹənoˌfəʊbi.ə/
euphoriant /juˈfɔɹi.ənt/
uvular /ˈjuːvjʊləɹ/
Ouija /ˈwiːdʒə/
/ˈwiːdʒi/
uropygium /jʊəɹəˈpɪd͡ʒɪəm/
eugarie /juːɡəɹi/
/juːɡaːɹi/
eugenesis /ˈju.ˌd͡ʒɛn.ə.sɪs/
UW /ˈjuˈdʌb/
Iatmul /ˈjɒtmʊl/
eutripsia /juːˈtɹɪpsɪə/
uey /ˈjuː.i/
eugeny /ˈjuːd͡ʒəni/
euglena /juːˈɡliːnə/
UFO /ju ɛf ˈəʊ/
unigeniture /ˌjuːnɪˈdʒɛnɪtjʊə/
/ˌjuːnɪˈdʒɛnɪtʃə/
univalence /ˌjuːnɪˈveɪləns/
/juːˈnɪvələns/
univalent /ˌjuːnɪˈveɪlənt/
/juːˈnɪvələnt/
utile /ˈjuː.taɪl/
utilitarian /juˌtɪl.ɪˈteɪɹ.i.ən/
ubac /ˈjuː.bæk/
eulachon /ˈjuːləkɒn/
unique /juːˈniːk/
Usonian /juːˈsoʊni.ən/
Appendix:English dictionary-only terms/zzxjoanw /ʃɔː/
Eurasian wigeon /jʊ.ɹeɪʒən.wɪd͡ʒən/
Oaxaca /wɑːˈhɑː.kɑː/
/wəˈhɑː.kɑː/
uniquity /juˈnɪkwɪti/
eureka /juˈɹikə/
onesie /ˈwʌn.zi/
Universalism /ˌjuːnəˈvɝsəlˌɪzəm/
uberty /ˈjuːbəti/
uni /ˈjuː.niː/
ubication /juːbɪˈkeɪʃən/
Utonian /juːˈtoʊ.ni.ən/
ubicity /juːˈbɪsɪti/
Euboean /juːˈbiːən/
Uniate /ˈjuː.nɪ.ət/
euro /ˈjʊəɹəʊ/
utopographer /ˌjuːtə(ʊ)ˈpɒɡɹəfə/
accidental abortion /spɑnˈteɪ.ni.əs əˈbɔɹ.ʃn̩/
esclop /slɒp/
Euro-American /ˈjʊɹ.oʊ.əˈmɛɹ.ɪ.kən/
/ˈjɝ.oʊ.əˈmɛɹ.ɪ.kən/
Eumenides /juˈmɛnɪdiːz/
Eucharist /ˈjuːkəɹɪst/
univocal /juːnɪˈvəʊkəl/
/juːˈnɪvək(ə)l/
US-ian /ˌjuːˈɛsi.ən/
Appendix:List of protologisms/Long words/Titin /mə.ˌθaɪ.ə.nɪl.ˌθri.ə.nɪl.ˌθri.ə.nɪl.glu.ˌtæm.ə.nɪl.ˌæl.ə.(ˌ)nɪl.ˌproʊ.lɪl.ˌθri.ə.nɪl.ˌfɛ.n(ə)l...ˌlu/
euchologion /juːkə(ʊ)ˈləʊdʒɪən/
euchre /ˈjuːkəɹ/
eunoia /juːˈnɔɪ.ə/
Unix /ˈjuːnɪks/

Note: these words have been obtained from Wiktionary and have been classified and improved through automated computer linguistics processes.

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