accent mark


Definition of accent mark

2a : a symbol used to indicate musical stress
b : 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 Residents refused to open doors to Puerto Rican census takers, whose accents marked them as strangers. Michael Wines, New York Times, "In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.," 15 Dec. 2019 In a curious aside, Magid notes that the foundation Zanco established to oversee the architect’s papers has trademarked Barragán’s name, minus the accent mark. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "A conceptual artist pops a brilliant (but ghoulish) question in ‘The Proposal’," 20 June 2019 And because the culture valued excess, many of my friends’ names had a silent accent mark for good measure. Glynn Pogue, Vogue, "In Defense of Cardi B’s Baby Name," 13 July 2018 Until May, Mexico didn’t have accent marks with players’ names on the back of its jerseys. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018 The league has been making greater efforts to recognize the presence, impact and history of Latino players, producing television commercials on them and printing accent marks on jerseys. James Wagner, New York Times, "When Spanish Names (Don’t) Flummox English-Speaking Baseball Announcers," 12 June 2018 Another variation is spicy, the broth turned incarnadine from hot sauce, which proves to be more accent mark than armament, contouring the mouth instead of searing it. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Ho Foods, a Noodle Soup That Nourishes and Transports," 19 Apr. 2018 For the uninitiated, Vietnamese is a language of rampant accent marks and harsh tones. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Downsizing’s Hong Chau Is Speaking a Language Hollywood Hasn’t Heard Before," 22 Dec. 2017 There are no wooden elephants and pictures of Thai landmarks; in an otherwise sparse wood-and-white dining room, Ms. Pim has chosen a Thai accent mark, mai toh, as the restaurant’s icon. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "On the (Rising) Trail of Thai Food in America," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of accent mark

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Accent mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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