monophthong


mon·oph·thong

noun \ˈmä-nə(f)-ˌthŋ\

Definition of MONOPHTHONG

:  a vowel sound that throughout its duration has a single constant articulatory position
mon·oph·thon·gal \ˌmä-nə(f)-ˈthŋ-(g)əl\ adjective

Origin of MONOPHTHONG

Late Greek monophthongos single vowel, from Greek mon- + phthongos sound
First Known Use: 1616

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