falling diphthong

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of falling diphthong

: a diphthong (such as \ȯi\ in \ˈnȯiz\ noise) composed of a vowel followed by a less sonorous glide

First Known Use of falling diphthong

1884


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