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Definition of UMLAUT
a: the change of a vowel (as \ü\ to \ē\ in goose, geese) that is caused by partial assimilation to a succeeding sound or that occurs as a reflex of the former presence of a succeeding sound which has been lost or altered
b: a vowel resulting from such partial assimilation
: a diacritical mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate a more central or front articulation — compare diaeresis