( Webster Dictionary) - a unit of spoken language that is next bigger than a speech sound and consists of one or more vowel sounds alone or of a syllabic consonant alone or of either with one or more consonant sounds preceding or following
The number of ‘beats' in a word. E.g. gar-den, ab-sor-bent.
Each separate vowel phoneme creates a separate syllable. A syllable is a unit of speech with one vowel sound which may form a complete word or a part of a word.