circumflex

adjective
cir·​cum·​flex | \ˈsər-kᵊm-ˌfleks \

Definition of circumflex 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by the pitch, quantity, or quality indicated by a circumflex

2 : marked with a circumflex

circumflex

noun

Definition of circumflex (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mark ˆ, ⌢, or ˜ originally used in Greek over long vowels to indicate a rising-falling tone and in other languages to mark length, contraction, or a particular vowel quality

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There’s something about the circumflex over the a, the accent over the e, that adds a sense of mystique. Talia Lavin, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Pâté at Home and Be a Person Who Eats Liver," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of circumflex

Adjective

circa 1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumflex

Adjective

Latin circumflexus, past participle of circumflectere to bend around, mark with a circumflex, from circum- + flectere to bend

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circumflex

noun

English Language Learners Definition of circumflex

: a mark ˆ used in some languages (such as French) to show how a vowel should be pronounced

circumflex

adjective
cir·​cum·​flex | \ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks \

Medical Definition of circumflex 

of nerves and blood vessels

: bending around

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