clitic


clit·ic

noun \ˈkli-tik\

Definition of CLITIC

:  a word that is treated in pronunciation as forming a part of a neighboring word and that is often unaccented or contracted

Origin of CLITIC

enclitic or proclitic
First Known Use: 1946

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with CLITIC

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