hy·​phaer·​e·​sis hī-ˈfer-ə-səs How to pronounce hyphaeresis (audio)
 especially British  -ˈfir-
: the omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the body of a word

Word History


borrowed from Greek hyphaíresis "taking from below, subtraction, omission of a letter," from hyphaireîn "to draw from under, pilfer, subtract" (from hyp- hyp- + haireîn "to take, grasp," of obscure origin) + -sis -sis

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyphaeresis was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Hyphaeresis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyphaeresis. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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