noun di·a·crit·ic \ˌdī-ə-ˈkri-tik\

: a mark that is placed over, under, or through a letter in some languages to show that the letter should be pronounced in a particular way

Full Definition of DIACRITIC

:  a mark near or through an orthographic or phonetic character or combination of characters indicating a phonetic value different from that given the unmarked or otherwise marked element
diacritic table

Examples of DIACRITIC

  1. Two diacritics appear in the word déjà vu.

First Known Use of DIACRITIC


Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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


Next Word in the Dictionary: diacriticalPrevious Word in the Dictionary: diacranterianAll Words Near: diacritic
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears