monophthong

noun
mon·​oph·​thong | \ ˈmä-nə(f)-ˌthȯŋ How to pronounce monophthong (audio) \

Definition of monophthong

: a vowel sound that throughout its duration has a single constant articulatory position

Other Words from monophthong

monophthongal \ ˌmä-​nə(f)-​ˈthȯŋ-​(g)əl How to pronounce monophthongal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of monophthong

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monophthong

Late Greek monophthongos single vowel, from Greek mon- + phthongos sound

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“Monophthong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monophthong. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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