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noun, di·aer·e·sis \dī-ˈer-ə-səs, British also -ˈir-\

Definition of diaeresis

plural diaeresesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  a mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate that the vowel is pronounced in a separate syllable (as in naïve or Brontë) — compare umlaut

  2. 2 :  the break in a verse caused by the coincidence of the end of a foot with the end of a word

diaeretic play \ˌdī-ə-ˈre-tik\ adjective

Variants of diaeresis

or dieresis \dī-ˈer-ə-səs, British also -ˈir-\

Origin of diaeresis

Late Latin diaeresis, from Greek diairesis, literally, division, from diairein to divide, from dia- + hairein to take

First Known Use: circa 1611

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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