schwa


schwa

noun \ˈshwä\

: 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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