syllable

6 ENTRIES FOUND:

1syl·la·ble

noun \ˈsi-lə-bəl\

: any one of the parts into which a word is naturally divided when it is pronounced

Full Definition of SYLLABLE

1
:  a unit of spoken language that is next bigger than a speech sound and consists of one or more vowel sounds alone or of a syllabic consonant alone or of either with one or more consonant sounds preceding or following
2
:  one or more letters (as syl, la, and ble) in a word (as syl*la*ble) usually set off from the rest of the word by a centered dot or a hyphen and roughly corresponding to the syllables of spoken language and treated as helps to pronunciation or as guides to placing hyphens at the end of a line
3
:  the smallest conceivable expression or unit of something :  jot

Examples of SYLLABLE

  1. The word doctor has two syllables.
  2. Doctor is a two-syllable word.
  3. The first syllable of the word doctor is given stress.

Origin of SYLLABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French sillabe, silable, from Latin syllaba, from Greek syllabē, from syllambanein to gather together, from syn- + lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with SYLLABLE

2syllable

transitive verb
syl·la·bledsyl·la·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of SYLLABLE

1
:  to give a number or arrangement of syllables to (a word or verse)
2
:  to express or utter in or as if in syllables

First Known Use of SYLLABLE

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with SYLLABLE

syllable

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Segment of speech usually consisting of a vowel with or without accompanying consonant sounds (e.g., a, I, out, too, cap, snap, check). A syllabic consonant, like the final n sound in button and widen, also constitutes a syllable. Closed (checked) syllables end in a consonant, open (free) syllables in a vowel. Syllables play an important role in the study of speech and in phonetics and phonology.

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