To save this word, you'll need to log in.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'diacritical.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Greek diakritikos separative, from diakrinein to distinguish, from dia- + krinein to separate — more at certain
Keep scrolling for more
Time Traveler for diacritical
See more words from the same year
From the Editors at Merriam-Webster
A Guide to Deciphering Diacritics
You know, the markings above and below letters.
Cite this Entry
“Diacritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diacritical. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.
More from Merriam-Webster on diacritical
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for diacritical
Comments on diacritical
What made you want to look up diacritical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Words from the week of 9/18/2020
Is it any clearer now?
For when you need it there quickly
All your favorite pet peeves
We're intent on clearing it up
We're gonna stop you right there
How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe...
The awkward case of 'his or her'
More/moor than/then two/too/to.
All right, it's time for a puppy quiz.
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time.