pre·​ton·​ic ˌprē-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce pretonic (audio)
of a vowel or syllable
: immediately preceding a syllable having stress or accent

Word History


pre- + tonic entry 2

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretonic was in 1840

Dictionary Entries Near pretonic

Cite this Entry

“Pretonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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