di·​aer·​e·​sis | \ dī-ˈer-ə-səs How to pronounce diaeresis (audio) , British also -ˈir- \
variants: or dieresis
plural diaereses\ dī-​ˈer-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce diaeresis (audio) , British also  -​ˈir-​ \

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 How to pronounce diaeresis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of diaeresis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples include Spanish or French words like jalapeño (tilde), fiancé (acute), très (accent grave), Noël (diaeresis), façade (cedilla) or hôpital (circumflex). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2022

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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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“Diaeresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diaeresis. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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