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schwa

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noun \ˈshwä\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of schwa

  1. 1 :  an unstressed mid-central vowel (as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America)

  2. 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

Rhymes with schwa

aah, ah, baa, bah, blah, Blois, bra, dah, droit, fa, Fra, ha, Jah, Kwa, la, ma, nah, pa, pas, Ra, rah, shah, ska, spa, ta


SCHWA Defined for Kids

schwa

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noun \ˈshwä\

Definition of schwa for Students

  1. 1 :  an unstressed vowel that is the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America

  2. 2 :  the symbol ə commonly used for a schwa and sometimes also for a similarly pronounced stressed vowel (as in cut)




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