ac·​cen·​tu·​al ak-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce accentual (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by accent
specifically : based on accent rather than on quantity or syllabic recurrence
accentual poetry
accentually adverb

Word History


borrowed from New Latin accentuālis, from Latin accentus accent entry 1 + -ālis -al entry 1

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accentual was in 1610

Dictionary Entries Near accentual

Cite this Entry

“Accentual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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