di·​a·​crit·​ic | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈkri-tik How to pronounce diacritic (audio) \

Definition of diacritic

: 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 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, "World Cup 2022: FIFA Get Mixed Reception After Unveiling Official Logo for Qatar World Cup," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of diacritic

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Diacritic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diacritic. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of diacritic

technical : a mark that is placed over, under, or through a letter in some languages to show that the letter should be pronounced in a particular way

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