Simple Definition of schwa
: a vowel that has the sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America
: the symbol ə that is used for the schwa sound
Full Definition of schwa
1 : an unstressed mid-central vowel (as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America)
2 : the symbol ə used for the schwa sound and less widely for a similarly articulated stressed vowel (as in cut)
Origin of schwa
German, from Hebrew schĕwā'
First Known Use: 1895
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