Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

aphaeresis

play
noun aphaer·e·sis \ə-ˈfer-ə-səs\

Definition of aphaeresis

plural

aphaereses

play \-ˌsēz\
  1. :  the loss of one or more sounds or letters at the beginning of a word (as in round for around and coon for raccoon)

aphaeretic

play \ˌa-fə-ˈre-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of aphaeresis

Late Latin, from Greek aphairesis, literally, taking off, from aphairein to take away, from apo- + hairein to take


First Known Use: circa 1550


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up aphaeresis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).