diaeresis

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

Definition of diaeresis

plural diaereses play \-ˌsēz\
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

diaeretic

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈre-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of diaeresis

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


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