accent mark


: a symbol used to indicate musical stress
: a mark placed after a letter designating a note of music to indicate in which octave the note occurs

Examples of accent mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In general, Brian said, The Post has been trying to use more accent marks — a change from our former, more Eurocentric practice. John Kelly, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 Some of them are friendlier to accent marks than others. John Kelly, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 Leather and faux suede Recaro seats (manually adjusted only) showcase a red center and NISMO logos in the headrest, and even the steering wheel was redesigned with a red accent mark at the top. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 31 July 2023 Another system of accent marks, the te’amim, function as musical notes, and also indicate how to parse a sentence. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 His song titles often feature extraneous umlauts, and while the accent mark highlights different vowel sounds, Yeat seems obsessed with creating new sounds entirely. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 The accent mark doesn’t affect the pronunciation any. Mark Feeney,, 13 Oct. 2022 Why does that accent mark hover over Lydia Tár’s name? Mark Feeney,, 13 Oct. 2022 The addition of an accent mark at the end of words is added deliberately to illustrate that the brand is fun and accessible. Liz Thach, Forbes, 10 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of accent mark was in 1729

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Cite this Entry

“Accent mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

accent mark

: one of several symbols used to indicate musical stress
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