Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: initial sound or position of a word or syllable — compare auslaut, inlaut
You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
1848, in the meaning defined above
German, from an on, at (from Old High German ana) + laut sound, from Old High German lūt; akin to Old English hlūd loud
Keep scrolling for more
Resources for anlaut
Time Traveler for anlaut
See more words from the same year
Comments on anlaut
What made you want to look up anlaut? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
full of whispering sounds
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Vocab Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Words from the week of 11/16/2018
This is just to say / Don't confuse them
What exactly is the 'it' being sufficed?
Taking a usage peeve to task
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Another round of challenging vocab!
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
Build a chain of words by adding one letter at a time.