diphthong

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

Definition of diphthong

1 linguistics : a gliding (see glide entry 1 sense 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 sense 4) æ or œ

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Other Words from diphthong

diphthongal \ dif-​ˈthȯŋ-​(g)əl , dip-​ \ adjective

Examples of diphthong in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of diphthong

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diphthong

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

diphthong

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

Kids Definition of diphthong

: 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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More from Merriam-Webster on diphthong

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with diphthong

Spanish Central: Translation of diphthong

Nglish: Translation of diphthong for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about diphthong

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