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circumflex

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

Definition of circumflex

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

Origin and Etymology of circumflex

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


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circumflex

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Definition of circumflex

: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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First Known Use of circumflex

1609


CIRCUMFLEX Defined for English Language Learners

circumflex

noun

Definition of circumflex for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

circumflex

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

medical Definition of circumflex

of nerves and blood vessels
:bending around


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