diphthong

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noun diph·thong \ ˈdif-ˌthȯŋ , ˈdip- \

Definition of diphthong

1 linguistics :a gliding (see 1glide 4) monosyllabic speech sound (such as the vowel combination at the end of toy) that starts at or near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves to or toward the position of another
2 linguistics :digraph
3 :the ligature (see ligature 4) æ or œ

diphthongal

play \dif-ˈthȯŋ-(g)əl, dip-\ adjective

Examples of diphthong in a Sentence

  1. The sounds of ou in out and of oy in boy are diphthongs.

Origin and Etymology of diphthong

Middle English diptonge, from Middle French diptongue, from Late Latin dipthongus, from Greek diphthongos, from di- + phthongos voice, sound

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DIPHTHONG Defined for English Language Learners

diphthong

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Definition of diphthong for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : two vowel sounds joined in one syllable to form one speech sound


DIPHTHONG Defined for Kids

diphthong

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noun diph·thong \ ˈdif-ˌthȯŋ , ˈdip- \

Definition of diphthong for Students

:two vowel sounds joined in one syllable to form one speech sound
  • The sounds of “ou” in “out” and of “oy” in “boy” are diphthongs.


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