aphaeresis

noun
aphaer·​e·​sis | \ ə-ˈfer-ə-səs How to pronounce aphaeresis (audio) \
plural aphaereses\ ə-​ˈfer-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce aphaeresis (audio) \

Definition of aphaeresis

: the loss of one or more sounds or letters at the beginning of a word (as in round for around and coon for raccoon)

Other Words from aphaeresis

aphaeretic \ ˌa-​fə-​ˈre-​tik How to pronounce aphaeresis (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of aphaeresis

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphaeresis

borrowed from Late Latin, borrowed from Greek aphaíresis "taking away, removal, dropping of a letter or sound from the beginning of a word," from aphaire-, stem of aphairéō, aphaireîn "to take away" (from aph-, assimilated variant of apo- apo- + hairéō, haireîn "to take, grasp," of obscure origin) + -sis -sis

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The first known use of aphaeresis was circa 1550

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“Aphaeresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphaeresis. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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