circumflex

adjective
cir·​cum·​flex | \ ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks How to pronounce circumflex (audio) \

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

Examples of circumflex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s something about the circumflex over the a, the accent over the e, that adds a sense of mystique. Talia Lavin, Bon Appetit, 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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The first known use of circumflex was circa 1577

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“Circumflex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumflex. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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circumflex

adjective
cir·​cum·​flex | \ ˈsər-kəm-ˌfleks How to pronounce circumflex (audio) \

Medical Definition of circumflex

of nerves and blood vessels
: bending around

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