di·​a·​crit·​ic ˌdī-ə-ˈkri-tik How to pronounce diacritic (audio)
: a mark near or through an orthographic or phonetic character or combination of characters indicating a phonetic value different from that given the unmarked or otherwise marked element
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Examples of diacritic in a Sentence

Two diacritics appear in the word “déjà vu.”
Recent Examples on the Web The algorithm stumbled over the symbols that had a dot placed underneath or on the side, and the team used contextual analysis to deal with these diacritics. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2023 The floral patterns at the bottom of the logo as well as the football at the top both reference Qatari culture, while the dots either side of the football are actually Arabic diacritics. SI.com, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diacritic was in 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Diacritic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diacritic. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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di·​a·​crit·​ic ˌdī-ə-ˈkrit-ik How to pronounce diacritic (audio)

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