diaeresis

noun
di·aer·e·sis | \dī-ˈer-ə-səs, British also -ˈir-\
variants: or
plural diaereses\-ˌsēz \

Definition of diaeresis 

1 : a mark ¨ placed over a vowel to indicate that the vowel is pronounced in a separate syllable (as in naïve or Brontë) — compare umlaut

2 : the break in a verse caused by the coincidence of the end of a foot with the end of a word

Other Words from diaeresis

diaeretic \ˌdī-ə-ˈre-tik \ adjective

First Known Use of diaeresis

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diaeresis

Late Latin diaeresis, from Greek diairesis, literally, division, from diairein to divide, from dia- + hairein to take

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