plural anlaute
also anlauts
: initial sound or position of a word or syllable compare auslaut, inlaut

Word History


German, from an on, at (from Old High German ana) + laut sound, from Old High German lūt; akin to Old English hlūd loud

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anlaut was in 1848

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“Anlaut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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